Meet the Patrick Family

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The Patrick Family 2020
Charlie’s family found comfort and care in the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room during their journey.  In the spring of 2014, Julie and Ryan Patrick heard the heart-breaking news that their three-year-old son, Charlie, was diagnosed with Rasmussen’s Encephalitis. The incredibly rare brain disorder targets one hemisphere of the brain that causes …

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Meet the Wallace Family

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Everett’s mom, Amanda, found comfort and care when she needed it most. In early January, Amanda Wallace went into labor almost nine weeks early. She was admitted to Alton Memorial Hospital before being immediately transferred to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for observation. Four days later, on January 12, Amanda welcomed baby Everett into the world. …

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Meet the Ruhl Family

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Where they are now: Sarah Ruhl reflects on her time at the Ronald McDonald House on West Pine Boulevard. On September 7, 2003, Sarah Ruhl went into labor three and a half weeks early. Her son, Elias, was born prematurely in Iron County, Missouri. As a new mother, Sarah was overwhelmed to hear that her …

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Meet the Flynn Family

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The Flynn Family stayed close when it mattered most thanks to our long-term apartments In 2005, when he was an infant, Will Flynn was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a hereditary disease that affects the lungs and digestive system and the same disease his older sister, Anna, had been fighting for nearly four years. Over the …

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Meet the Marcinkowski Family

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Providing Support, Every Step of the Way Three-year-old Zosia has cerebral palsy. In Spring 2019, her family traveled from their hometown of Gdansk, Poland so that she could undergo a life-changing spinal surgery at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The goal of their 3,000-mile journey? That she would, one day, be able to walk on her …

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