“A fighter who has a lot of courage and never gives up” is how Kari describes her daughter Kaylee, who adds, “Courage is the ability to do something that you never thought you would do.”
Kaylee, a teenager, and her mother, Kari, have resided at the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis since they left their home in Tulsa, OK for treatment at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Kaylee has a stage 4 aggressive high-grade glioma tumor.
Both Kaylee and Kari enjoy the House because there are no appointments and they can relax. Kari says, “The meals which have been provided have been outstanding and not having to cook after having to be at the hospital all day is a blessing.”
Kaylee and Kari agree, “Everyone is so nice: the employees and other families.” Kari says, “This has become a family. We were taken out of our home environment and where we live. Now we have a new family, which is very helpful.”
Kaylee wants to be a pediatric nurse someday, but for now she enjoys shopping at Target with her mother and free chocolate milk, her favorite part of the Ronald McDonald House. Her two favorite movies, she says, are completely different from each other: “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” a Marvel superhero movie, and “Moana,” an animated Walt Disney film.
Kari concludes, “We are very, very thankful and very, very blessed. We do not have to worry financial wise and my parents are here with us. My husband visits on weekends to see Kaylee. We appreciate not having to worry about where we are staying during this time. They take care of us, feed us, spoil us.”