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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

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

“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

“I Am Home Here at RMHC Memphis”

When Nadine, a 23-year-old mother, took her only child, 6-week-old Braxton, to the hospital in California, a CT scan showed a large growth inside his head. They flew to Los Angeles, where surgeons performed an 8-hour surgery, during which they were able to remove 90% of the mass. And so their journey began.

After release from the hospital, Braxton spent Christmas with mom and dad at home in Apple Valley, CA. They connected with St. Jude Children’s Hospital; and just 3 days into the new year, they arrived in Memphis and moved into Ronald McDonald House.  Nadine says, “The hardest thing is to know you do not have control and just to have faith in doctors.” 

Braxton likes to entertain people, and he loves giraffes, especially the stuffed giraffe that hangs from his stroller. His parents took him to the zoo here, but he slept through the exhibits. Most of the time, it is just Nadine and Braxton. He has finished 4 months of chemotherapy for his brain tumor, a Choroid plexus carcinoma, and he must have up to 5 months more treatment.

Nadine says, “You guys, both the residents and the staff, are my family away from home.  Being able to have somewhere that you call home and not living in a hospital or hotel room is wonderful.  I am home here at RMHC Memphis.”

Nadine adds, “Paint night is fun and all the dinners are nice and appreciated. Thank you won’t cover it.  Thank you is a good start but we could not be more appreciative of what RMHC Memphis has done -  you have made our lives a little bit easier. Where am I going to make my dinner?  Where am I going to sleep?  Where are we going to stay the next 6 months?” All these questions are answered with Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.

“You guys make this a lot easier in a time that is so difficult.   It is the little things like, ‘Oh I have dish soap.’ I do not take it for granted.”

 

Posted by Lisa Haguewood at Tuesday, June 5, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Parents' Night In

On March 16th,  we hosted our monthly Parents' Night In event.  It had a St. Patrick’s Day theme. B. Scott Duke, Corporate Program Manager, hosted trivia with the parents which was a big success.  Celtic Crossing provided food for the parents and we had an Irish band perform.  The children did St. Patrick’s crafts and enjoyed a meal of their own including Shamrock-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches.  

Posted by Lisa Haguewood at Tuesday, March 20, 2018
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