Family Stories

Christmas in July

Last night, July 19th, we hosted our annual Christmas in July.  Our families were treated to crafts, a visit from Santa Claus and lots of gifts all courtesy of Ronald McDonald House.  Our new friends, Mark & Sylvia, flew in from New Jersey to help with the event and to present the families with an additional special gift.  Ali’s Way hosted a yummy dinner. Events like this give our families a chance to focus on something other than long days at the hospital. Kids can be kids and  focus on having fun for a little while.  It was a great afternoon and night and our families loved it. 

Posted by Lisa Haguewood at Friday, July 20, 2018
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July Parents Night In

On July 12th, we  hosted our monthly parents night in event.  The children were treated  to crafts and also a performance by Cazateatro Bilingual Theatre Group and Alexis White.  The parents played a competitive game of Bunco. The parent events are usually centered around connecting with other parents and expanding their support systems. Heart & Soul Caterer provided a nutritious and delicious meal to go along with the activities.  Thanks to Luz Vargas and Jan Helton for planning such a great event. 

Posted by Lisa Haguewood at Friday, July 13, 2018
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Gold Strike Casino sponsors CAMP in June

Each day at the CAMP sponsored by Gold Strike Casino had different themes.  We had western day, international day, under the sea day, and all things painting day.  There were crafts, games, piñatas, a photo booth and dinner each night.  Dinners were provided by ADK Society, Stratas Foods, Ali’s Way and Dohmen Life Science Services.  FUN WAS HAD BY ALL!
Posted by Lisa Haguewood at Thursday, July 12, 2018
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RMHC Memphis Hosts Spring Camp

In Apriil, we hosted a Spring Camp and invited all of the other houses.  Each day we had different activities and meals.  We played giant yard games (Jenga, Kerplunk, Connect 4, Yahtzee), had the gaming truck come out with video games and laser tag in the park, did a new canvas fluid painting technique,  created things with clay, played bingo and had a movie night.  Safelite Auto Glass, St. Jude Housing & Patient Services, Memphis Youth Mission, Germantown Women’s Club and Greater Payne AME church hosted meals.  Camp was well attended and everyone had a lot of fun. 
Posted by Lisa Haguewood at Wednesday, July 11, 2018
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“I Cry Every Time I Leave On Sunday” 

Hannah, a sophomore in Cedar Grove, TN, developed a bump on her head in March that the family had hoped was a cyst. Unfortunately, it was a mass. Immediately after a surgeon’s biopsy, a nurse was on the phone to Memphis. Two days later, Hannah was a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, diagnosed with b cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. 

Natalie and Kevin, her grandparents, have been legal guardians to Hannah and her older sister for the last 12 years. Though difficult, they are doing everything possible to make sure one of them is always with Hannah in Memphis. They make it work as a tag team. Both have full-time jobs, but each week Kevin comes here Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning while Natalie works. Natalie returns to Memphis to allow Kevin to work Wednesday afternoon, Thursday, and Friday. When Kevin has National Guard responsibilities on weekends, he comes back to Memphis on Sunday. The love they feel for Hannah is clear and strong: Natalie says, “I cry every time I leave on Sunday.” 

At home, Hannah plays trumpet and baritone in the marching band, and her karate lessons have earned her a brown belt with a black stripe. She likes chemistry and can see herself in a scientific career in the future. 

About Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, Natalie remarks, “When you see what goes on here and the generosity for these young people, it is just awesome. There are no words to describe what it means with people who just help the kids. They are all about the kids.” 

Special thanks to B. Scott Duke for Photography

Posted by Lisa Haguewood at Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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    Last night, July 19th, we hosted our annual Christmas in July.  Our families were treated to crafts, a visit from Santa Claus and lots of gifts all courtesy of Ronald McDonald House.  Our n...
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