Love Notes from Our Families
The Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms are not just a place to stay, but a place to heal. The following are Love Notes we have received from RMHC St. Louis guest families.
Brody Linnell LEtter
“I stayed at the St. Louis Ronald McDonald House because I have a condition called Fibular Hemimelia. My left leg is shorter than my right, so I had to get my leg lengthened. On June 6, 2018, I got my first (and only) leg lengthening surgery. After a week, I came to the Ronald McDonald House. I spent 76 days there with my mom and dad. I had a good room, with good friends, and great food! I spent most of my days in my room playing video games. I also spent some of my time talking to friends. The rest of the time I spent was in the kitchen. Of course, I ate there, but I also built relationships with other families. Speaking of other families, you are all family at the Ronald McDonald House.” – Brody, 10 years old
The Binder Family LEtter
Thank you for your help in providing a “home-away-from-home.” The Ronald McDonald House has provided a “home-away-from-home” for our family throughout LeeAnn’s life. When LeeAnn received her first lung transplant in 1996, our family stayed in the third-floor apartment at the West Pine House. LeeAnn’s younger sister was born during our stay and brought “home” to the Ronald McDonald House while LeeAnn recovered after transplant.
We have seen so much growth since that time, with the addition of Park Ave. House, the apartments, and the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the hospital. The help you are able to provide to families in need is an incredible blessing.
At this time, LeeAnn is waiting for a lung transplant due to complications and we feel so very fortunate to be able to return to an apartment at the Roald McDonald House while we wait. The wait time can be very long and stressful, but the workers and volunteers here are always patient, kind and so helpful. The community atmosphere at the Ronald McDonald House provides an opportunity to relax in a peaceful, homey environment.
Thank you for all you do to keep the Houses open to new and returning families that face the emotional and medical challenges of caring for an ill child.
Thank you for being part of The House that Love Built.
The Binder Family
Little Love Notes
“The Ronald McDonald House has touched my heart forever. I’m so grateful to all of the people who comfort us. People who do things out of love will surely be blessed! Regardless of my grandson’s outcome, I will always be indebted to the Ronald McDonald House. It has been my sanctuary.” –Dave, a grandfather staying at the Ronald McDonald House while his grandson is treated for multiple brain seizures
“My stay at the Ronald McDonald House was wonderful. I was so grateful to have a place to stay during my daughter’s two-month stay at Children’s Hospital.” – A mother who stayed at our West Pine Ronald McDonald House
“We had a great overall experience and Mercy, and the Ronald McDonald Room was a peaceful oasis for me when I needed to step out of my son’s room to catch my breath and get re-centered. I will always be grateful.” –A mother who used the Ronald McDonald Family Room
“I was so happy to have a place where my husband and I could go while our daughter was having treatments. It was warm and friendly. The volunteers were so helpful – even when I cried my eyes out. “-A mother who used the Ronald McDonald Family Room
“We truly appreciated having a place to rest, relax, use the oven to make and eat meals, and to visit with our extended family members who just wanted to be at the hospital with us even when they couldn’t see our son who was in isolation.” – A father who used the Ronald McDonald Family Room
“I liked being close to my daughter in the NICU and having a close place to sleep. Also being able to see my other kids.” –A parent who stayed at our Ronald McDonald House
“People were very kind and helpful, the house felt like a home, and it removed stress from me. Big thanks to all the staff.” –A parent who stayed at our Ronald McDonald House
“We thank the Ronald McDonald House so much for being welcoming, accommodating, and helpful. It truly made our stay in the NICU that much easier.” –Parents who stayed at our Ronald McDonald House