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The Swarthout Family Finds Comfort and Care at the West Pine Ronald McDonald House

Last June, life turned upside-down for the Swarthout family. Their 4-year-old daughter, Lexie, was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma – a tumor in her throat.

After undergoing 14 weeks of chemotherapy in their hometown of Kansas City, the Swarthouts were preparing to continue Lexie’s treatments in Houston, Texas. However, their plans quickly changed with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Thankfully, Lexie could receive the proton radiation therapy she needed in St. Louis. So, for three months this past fall, the Swarthout family called an apartment at the West Pine Ronald McDonald House “home.”

“Staying at the Ronald McDonald House meant that Lexie never had to be alone during her treatments,” says Lexie’s mom, Beth. “I was by her side the entire time,” she says.

The House also provided a much-needed sense of normalcy for the Swarthouts, like being able to play outside and enjoy home-cooked meals.

Thankfully, Lexie’s treatments are finished and she is doing well, so the Swarthout family is back in Overland Park, Kansas. However, all 59 rooms of the three Ronald McDonald Houses are filled with seriously ill children and their families who need your help. Please open your heart so that RMHC can continue opening its doors to families at a time when it matters most. Click here to make your online gift today.