Meet the Marcinkowski Family

Categories: Family Stories

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 own.

Zosia with her walker standing on her own

Although the Marcinkowski family was far from home, thanks to the Ronald McDonald House, they were never alone. And during Zosia’s strenuous, sometimes painful recovery, her parents and twin sister, Tosia, were always by her side.

“Staying here makes a difficult time easier to endure,” says Adam, Zosia’s father. “It really feels like home.”

RMHC staff and volunteers also made sure that the Marcinkowskis could experience the best of St. Louis during their time here, from visiting our world-famous zoo to catching a St. Louis Blues hockey playoff game – even spending the afternoon with Blues defenseman, Colton Parayko!

“I love this place,” says Ola, Zosia’s mother. “We will never forget the good that we found here. Thank you a million times.”