2015 Season of Giving

McElroy’s Story

When I was 16, I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that basically destroyed my kidneys so I needed a kidney transplant. We were lucky to be sent to a hospital where they had an amazing transplant program. The hospital was two and a half hours away from where we were living at the time. To know that we were going to be at the hospital for two to three months while I recovered, it was an amazing opportunity when we were told we could stay at the Ronald McDonald House near the hospital.

The Ronald McDonald House has been a life-saver to say the least.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago when I am no longer the patient but am the mother of two patients – we just had twins! Seven weeks ago today, I woke my husband up in the early hours of the morning after being on the phone with an advice nurse. Four hours later at the hospital, I was delivering our son and daughter by emergency C-section. Our son Noah weighed in at two pounds, seven ounces. Our daughter, Riley weighed just one pound, 14 ounces. She was very tiny and fit in my husband’s hand.

Saying we are grateful is an understatement. We can’t express our appreciation enough.

We live in Roseville, CA and you don’t think it’s that far away from the hospital in Sacramento, but to add a commute every day to be at the hospital twice a day (three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening) trying to take care of the kids the best we can, the last thing we want to worry about is wondering where we are going to stay tonight; where we are going to get a quick power-nap; or even where we are going to eat this afternoon. Having the House is our home away from home. Many times over, we will be talking to our parents and we will say ‘We are at the House right now’ and their assumption is we are talking about our home in Roseville. The Ronald McDonald House is our house right now and we are eternally grateful for that.

To be at the babies’ side every day is not humanly possible without the Ronald McDonald House.

The House is not just a place that we sleep and eat – it is a family. The families that we interact with, we know their story and they know ours. Not only do we see them at the House, but we see them again in the hospital. It’s an inter-working network and we are extremely grateful for the amazing people that make the House as comfortable as it could possibly be. In a time in our lives that is incredibly stressful and scary and it’s a whole roller-coaster ride and we don’t know where the ride is going to take us next, having the Ronald McDonald House as our foundation, as our place of sanctuary is beyond humbling.

The Sacramento Ronald McDonald House relies on donors like you. Without you, they would not be able to support families like mine. During this season of giving, please give as generously as you can.

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