Brandon has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). He was diagnosed in 2013 and treated in Honduras for a few years. Then he and his mother, Carmen, came to Memphis. They have lived in Ronald McDonald House for a year and 8 months, much longer than most of the residents.
Always cheerful, Carmen likes the atmosphere of the House best: “There are a lot of things here that make you feel at home like the friendships and the way we have been treated.”
Brandon likes to play with toys around the house and play with the staff as well. He likes to play hide and seek with other kids. He likes to stop by staff offices to say “Hola!” and hide behind the chair and say “BOO”! He likes to think he scares the staff.
One day, Brandon came to a staff office with candy in his hand. It looked like a big pill. He said that he needed to practice swallowing that big candy so he could get used to the big pills that the doctor was going to give him.
When Brandon was inpatient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, he continually asked when they would release him back to Ronald McDonald House. He even told the nurse that his home is Ronald McDonald House and that he was always going to live there.
Carmen says, “Brandon loves everyone here and for us this house has been a huge help. This whole experience has made me look ahead. I think about my son first. Anything that happens I need to think about him first, fight for him, and keep my head up. “
With Gratitude to Luz Vargas for translation