On October 13th, we will be representing Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) at the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
We are running in honor of our teammate Lauren's son, Jordan and Cynthia's lifelong friend Suzie Corderman and her daughter Keturah.
Lauren's story is below, Keturah's will be shared soon.
In 2012, during the 20 week anatomy scan, more than just the gender of the baby was discovered; a sweet baby boy named Jordan would be born with a very special heart. Jordan was diagnosed with a severe form of congenital heart disease (CHD) that would require him to have open heart surgery at four days old. Given a 50/50 chance of surviving his first surgery, Jordan was born a fighter.
During Jordan’s first month of life, the Ronald McDonald House graciously opened their arms to Jordan’s family. They were provided with a comfortable room, fully stocked pantry, dinner each evening, and love/support from volunteers and fellow RMH families. Most importantly, Jordan's parents were just a short drive to the hospital which allowed them to spend a great deal of time by Jordan’s side. As parents of an ill child, there’s so much fear and uncertainty when facing the unimaginable, the last thing that you want to worry about is where you’re going to stay when you’re miles away from home. RMHC stepped in and helped alleviate the extra stress that this family already was facing, allowing them to focus solely on Jordan and his needs.
After a one month stay at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Jordan was stable enough to come home. His feistiness and resiliency aided in his beating the odds. Jordan continued to be monitored closely by cardiology. Unfortunately, his tiny heart continued to have problems. Over the next few years, Jordan had two more heart surgeries as well as other procedures. RMHC continued to welcome Jordan’s family with love and compassion.
Six years and three surgeries later, Jordan is a spunky little six year old. He’s full of zest, courage, creativity, tenderness, and an appreciation for everything that life has to offer. His humorous personality and kind nature will instantly bring a smile to your face. He has a laugh that’s contagious. Last year he started playing tee ball and will continue this year with coach pitch. Jordan also began Kindergarten and absolutely loves school. We are very proud of the child that he has blossomed into and we know Jordan will continue to shine his light on those around him.
“We have truly been blessed by Ronald McDonald House Charities. We are forever grateful for the generosity, kindness, and support they have provided our family.” ~Lauren Auchey
As members of Team RMHC, we will be training, fundraising, and ultimately running 26.2 miles to help keep families together.
Did you know $25 can provide dinner for a family and $80 can give a family a room for a night? Your donation, of any amount, will not only help us achieve our goal, but will help children and families stay together when they need it most!
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