From Barbados to
Memphis, with a brief stop in New York, 14-year-old Carrie-Lynn and her family
have finally found their “home-away-from-home”
at Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.
her parents Valerie and Carson visited a number of doctors in Barbados before
she was eventually diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in 2012. Doctors in Barbados sent the family to New
York for treatment. They were only there
for a short time when the doctors recommended the family come to Memphis for
The family has
stayed at Ronald McDonald House for about six months. It’s very challenging for
the family to be so far away from home – and in a country different than their
own – but living at Ronald McDonald House has made their difficult experience a
“You don’t have to
think about food, you don’t have to think about anything, and that is
phenomenal for us,” Valerie said. “When we were first coming here that was a
big concern on our minds: How are we
going to sustain ourselves for a long period of time while we’re not working?”
Valerie’s employer in Barbados was very accommodating and with access to high
speed internet at Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, she’s been able to
telecommute during the family’s stay here.
some new challenges along the road to recovery.
One of the side effects of the aggressive treatment that Carrie-Lynn
needed to treat her AML was damage to her organs and she now needs a kidney and
lung transplant. As a family, they’re
facing this challenge with strength, courage and optimism. And they’ve also learned that they can lean
on the other families that stay at Ronald McDonald House for support and
“We love it here
because of the camaraderie with the other parents. We get together in the
kitchen and chat, talk, compare recipes, and do stuff to try and get our minds
off things. You really feel like you’re amongst family here, it’s very
comfortable,” she said.