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“I Cannot Forget the Outpouring of Love Here”

In pretty pink glasses and a matching outfit with headband, Rica who is almost 3 years old, often sings the song ”Jesus’ Love is a Bubblin’ Over” while performing the hand motions too. Her favorite part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities® Memphis is the playroom. Rica’s favorite thing to do with “Mommy” is to read a book about little black fish swimming in a school of red fish. She reads to her Mommy every night. Her favorite story in the Bible is Jonah and the Big Fish. Rica does not discriminate in her choice of toys since she enjoys cars, 
trucks and Spiderman. She loves to watch “Paw Patrol” and “SpongeBob Squarepants.” 

 

Rica’s diagnosis is bilateral retinoblastoma. Despite the challenges, every day she enjoys going to see “Miss” Sherri (Maxey, Director of House Operations), whose hugs she thrives on. She also loves “Miss” Sheila (Campbell, Director of Finance and Administration). 

Rica’s Mommy, Sonia, says, “It is nice to know I have people looking out for us. 
RMHC Memphis has been a home for me. I cannot forget the outpouring of love here. I was coming to America, this large country, from Jamaica, a small island. I really did not know what was ahead and they provided a home for me, some place where I can stay and be comfortable. 
All I have to think about is taking care of Rica. Rica came to a clinic where I was working in Jamaica. Her birth mother left her there. She was 6 weeks old when I took her in. I am her legal guardian. It is my duty to take care of her and get her back to good health. Thank you very much, RMHC Memphis. Please continue to do what you are doing so we can all be comfortable.” 

Posted by Lisa Haguewood at 2:51 PM
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