Meet Charla Jestic

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Family Room inside Cardinal Glennon
Reflections from Charla Jestic I was a “frequent flyer” patient of the pediatric unit at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis when I was surprisingly diagnosed with very severe Ulcerative Colitis. I showed up at the E.R., and for almost two years, I would be lucky to get a 2-3 week “vacation” at home before being …

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Meet Laura Cox

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Reflections from Laura Cox Our twins were born 6 weeks early and were soon transferred from our local hospital to [SSM Health] Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. With help from the social worker at the hospital, we were able to get a room at the nearby Ronald McDonald House on our 10th day in the NICU. …

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Meet Kaela Woods

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Kids
Reflections from Kaela Woods, a mother who used the Ronald McDonald Family Room. We were blessed to stay at the Ronald McDonald house and use the facilities at Cardinal Glennon in St. Louis for multiple stays. We had our preemie twins Chase and Tatum at 32 weeks. When they graduated from the NICU we knew …

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Meet the Drees Family

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Allie’s parents found a home-away-from-home at the Park Avenue Ronald McDonald House On November 26, 2004, Laurie Drees gave birth to her daughter, Allie, at St. Anthony’s hospital in Effingham, Illinois. Immediately after delivery, little Allie – weighing nearly two pounds – was air-lifted to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis alone. …

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Meet the Mitchell Family

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The Mitchell Family stayed close at the West County Ronald McDonald House after Jailee’s terrifying accident On October 17, 2019, fifteen-year-old Jailee Mitchell was rushed to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Mercy Hospital Springfield in Missouri after an all-terrain vehicle accident. For the next three weeks, Jailee was treated for a traumatic brain …

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