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“I need to think about him first”

Brandon has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). He was diagnosed in 2013 and treated in Honduras for a few years. Then he and his mother, Carmen, came to Memphis. They have lived in Ronald McDonald House for a year and 8 months, much longer than most of the residents.

Always cheerful, Carmen likes the atmosphere of the House best: “There are a lot of things here that make you feel at home like the friendships and the way we have been treated.”

 Brandon likes to play with toys around the house and play with the staff as well.   He likes to play hide and seek with other kids. He likes to stop by staff offices to say “Hola!” and hide behind the chair and say “BOO”! He likes to think he scares the staff.

One day, Brandon came to a staff office with candy in his hand. It looked like a big pill. He said that he needed to practice swallowing that big candy so he could get used to the big pills that the doctor was going to give him.

When Brandon was inpatient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, he continually asked when they would release him back to Ronald McDonald House.  He even told the nurse that his home is Ronald McDonald House and that he was always going to live there.

Carmen says, “Brandon loves everyone here and for us this house has been a huge help.  This whole experience has made me look ahead. I think about my son first. Anything that happens I need to think about him first, fight for him, and keep my head up. “

With Gratitude to Luz Vargas for translation

 

Posted by Lisa Haguewood at Monday, November 19, 2018
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“You are a huge part of our journey”

Jenny says to Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – if it wasn’t for you guys we would worry about where we are going to live. You are a huge part of our journey.”

Korie, who turned 5 in July, is staying at Ronald McDonald House of Memphis with her mother Jenny.  The pair is from Ottawa, IL. After headaches, vomiting, doctors’  visits, and then a diagnosis of Medulla Blastoma, the family landed at St. Jude at the end of March.  

Korie really likes Ronald McDonald House especially Miss Sherri, the candy bowl, the mailboxes, and the pantry.   She also enjoys painting and crafts.

For Jenny, the hardest part is “being a single mom, and down here all alone.”  But she adds, “support from the other moms and the staff has helped me out a lot.”

Jenny tells a great story about southern hospitality.  “We went home for a week (to Illinois) and we flew out of Memphis – everybody was so sweet here – in the airport some lady bought Korie a coloring book. Then, we get back to Chicago and everyone has their head down, and nobody says anything to us.  We had come from Memphis where people say “hi” and ‘good morning’ to everybody.  

“Finally on the way back to Memphis from Chicago, I had 2 bags to bring back and nobody helped me in the Chicago airport.   When we get back to Memphis, the flight attendant who was from Memphis, took one of my bags and waited with us for the Taxi.   Then, the pilot, who was from Memphis gave Korie a $100 bill.”

 

Posted by Lisa Haguewood at Friday, September 21, 2018
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August Parents Night In

Supergirl came and recruited another supergirl at our August Parents Night In!  Batman was flying around, too, as they helped lead our two scavenger hunt teams!  Parents enjoyed trivia by themselves with great prizes and everyone had a fabulous Mulan Asian Bistro dinner!

Posted by Lisa Haguewood at Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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UniverSoul Circus Performed

 It was a circus down here at the RMH!  UniverSoul Circus, that is!  Our families were treated to some private performances from the cast of the UniverSoul Circus!  Dancers, acrobats, cultural music from the islands.  It was a scene under the RMH Bigtop!!

Posted by Lisa Haguewood at Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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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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  • “I need to think about him first” Nov 19
    Brandon has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). He was diagnosed in 2013 and treated in Honduras for a few years. Then he and his mother, Carmen, came to Memphis. They have lived in Ronald McDonald Hou...
  • “You are a huge part of our journey” Sep 21
    Jenny says to Ronald McDonald House of Memphis , “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – if it wasn’t for you guys we would worry about where we are going to live. You are a hu...
  • August Parents Night In Sep 11
    Supergirl came and recruited another supergirl at our August Parents Night In!  Batman was flying around, too, as they helped lead our two scavenger hunt teams!  Parents enjoyed trivia by t...
  • UniverSoul Circus Performed Sep 11
     It was a circus down here at the RMH!  UniverSoul Circus, that is!  Our families were treated to some private performances from the cast of the UniverSoul Circus!  Dancers, acrob...