Jenny says to Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – if it wasn’t for you guys we would worry about where we are going to live. You are a huge part of our journey.”
Korie, who turned 5 in July, is staying at Ronald McDonald House of Memphis with her mother Jenny. The pair is from Ottawa, IL. After headaches, vomiting, doctors’ visits, and then a diagnosis of Medulla Blastoma, the family landed at St. Jude at the end of March.
Korie really likes Ronald McDonald House especially Miss Sherri, the candy bowl, the mailboxes, and the pantry. She also enjoys painting and crafts.
For Jenny, the hardest part is “being a single mom, and down here all alone.” But she adds, “support from the other moms and the staff has helped me out a lot.”
Jenny tells a great story about southern hospitality. “We went home for a week (to Illinois) and we flew out of Memphis – everybody was so sweet here – in the airport some lady bought Korie a coloring book. Then, we get back to Chicago and everyone has their head down, and nobody says anything to us. We had come from Memphis where people say “hi” and ‘good morning’ to everybody.
“Finally on the way back to Memphis from Chicago, I had 2 bags to bring back and nobody helped me in the Chicago airport. When we get back to Memphis, the flight attendant who was from Memphis, took one of my bags and waited with us for the Taxi. Then, the pilot, who was from Memphis gave Korie a $100 bill.”