Meet the Karpowecz Family

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Earlier this year, Joshua Karpowecz received a phone call that no father is prepared to get. His wife, Mercedes, who was 25-weeks-pregnant, was being taken to St. Louis by ambulance for an emergency delivery. In the whirlwind of it all, Joshua made the 3.5-hour drive from his hometown of Hermitage, Missouri, to St. Louis with no …

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Meet the Palmer Family

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Baby Jack Made History while his family found a home-away-from-home at the Ronald McDonald House on West Pine Boulevard. Tiffany and Chuck Palmer learned heartbreaking news during a 20-week routine ultrasound. Their son Jack was diagnosed in-utero with a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). The doctor explained that many babies …

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Meet the Hodge Family

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The Hodge Family What does the Ronald McDonald House mean to a family whose child is in the hospital? Everything. On December 6, 2018, Ryder Hodge was born three months early. Premature and weighing less than 3 pounds, he was transferred immediately to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mercy Children’s Hospital. His parents, Sheena and Kurtis, were …

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Meet the Worthen Family

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The Worthen Family called RMHC St. Louis “home” while their son Jase spent the first year of his life in the hospital. On December 5, 2017, Jase Worthen was born nearly three months early. For the whole year that followed, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital was his home-away-from-home. All …

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Meet the Lee Family

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The Lee Family At the end of May, Shamyra Lee took her oldest son, Malachi, to the doctor for his annual wellness check-up. What was supposed to be a routine appointment turned into one of the most frightening days of her life when the doctor discovered an abnormal heartbeat. Ten-year-old Malachi spent five days in …

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