My Thank You to the RMHC
On May 17, 2013 my wife gave birth to our wonderful baby girl Justine Amber. Minutes after she was born, the nurses took her to the NICU because her oxygen levels were not where they should have been. Ten hours later, the nurses observed what ended up being the first of many seizures Justine would have in her life. After a week at the local hospital a decision was made to move Justine to the Lurie Children's Hospital in downtown Chicago in hopes that the specialists there would be able to help us. For the first 47 days of her life, Justine would have EEGs, MRIs, spinal taps, CT scans, X-rays, and blood tests to help her doctors figure out why she was having these seizures. Day after day, her doctors would try to figure out the best mixture of medications to give her to control her seizures.
Living in Buffalo Grove, which is over an hour away from Lurie's in Chicago traffic, we never even thought how we would be there for our newborn when she was in the NICU. I just assumed that I would be driving back and forth everyday to be with her. Fortunately, the Ronald McDonald House took care of that for us. The night Justine was admitted to the NICU at Lurie's a social worker spoke with us about providing a room for us in the hospital just a couple floors below Justine. We, of course, jumped at the opportunity. Knowing that we did not have to worry about the daily commute to and from the hospital gave us more time to focus on what we need to for our child.
When days turned to weeks, and it was determined that it looked like it was going to be a long stay in the NICU, the Ronald McDonald House moved us into the house that was a couple blocks away. Since it was in the middle of summer, walking back and forth from the hospital was good for me and my wife to get out. Also, the House was fully stocked for any family that needed the help. They provided food, living areas, TVs. play rooms for kids, libraries, a beautiful rooftop, free laundry machines, absolutely everything a family like my wife and I needed to recharge to provide love and support for our daughter in the NICU.
After 47 days, Justine was discharged from the NICU and sent home with us with a feeding tube and a medication protocol. We are so lucky to have great doctors to help us figure out what we needed for Justine and also for the Ronald McDonald House to figure out what we needed for my wife and me. We will forever be in the debt to this organization, and we hope you, our family and friends can help us fundraise for the Ronald McDonald House.
Please donate if you can and share the link to this page to your friends and family. People need to know how incredible this organization is for families with sick children. They provided a second home for us when our first home was too fay away.
On October 7th, I will be representing Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) at the2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon! As a member of Team RMHC, I 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 me achieve my goal, but will help children stay close to their families when they need it most!
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