During the last several years I have seen my step sons battle with chronic illness. Having come into his life well after his diagnosis, I would often hear the family talk about the days before they lived nearby and relied on the Ronald McDonald House being available when he was flown or driven into Lubbock from New Mexico for treatment.
After I joined the family, when he was hospitalized for treatment we found ourselves sitting in the hospital for days at a time. Even though we lived in the area by this time and could reasonably stay in our home overnight or alternate sitting with him and going home for showers and naps, the days could be long and hard.
We were so glad to have the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms available for small moments of quiet and solitude from the hustle and bustle in the pediatric unit. The times when one of us would be ready for that break only to find the room was not open, due to lack of volunteer staffing, were so disheartening when those moments gave us a brief pause from the stressors of the situation.
I’d like to be involved in this project in hopes that the future families who need the programs of RMHC will be supported in the way that our family has been.