Our journey began in February, when I took my son Caidan to the hospital because he was having problems seeing. The hospital in Missouri soon found that he had a brain tumor and immediately sent us to Memphis. We came to Memphis in an ambulance, with nothing but a backpack. Following two brain surgeries in the span of one week, we found ourselves at Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.
Staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis has been nothing short of amazing. It gives us a place to be together with other kids and families all going through similar situations. From the staff and volunteers, to other parents and kids, we always felt very welcome and at home here. Caidan really misses our cats and dogs, so when he’s feeling good, you can find him on the porch playing with the house kitty, Tiger, or in the kids’ playroom playing on the slide.
Caidan came here with a stage 4 malignant cancer, and in October, he completed his last round of radiation. We are now back in Missouri. If it wasn’t for people donating to the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, we would have lost everything and there would have been nothing to go back to. The biggest thing Ronald McDonald House of Memphis gives you is the ability to just focus on your kid’s survival instead of worrying about a place to call home.
- Ashley (Caidan's Mom)