We Felt Like One Big Family

Zach’s Story

On August 5, 2012, Zach was in a diving accident and broke his neck.  The result was a damaged spinal cord and paralysis from the nipple line on down.  He was taken to UC Davis Children’s Hospital where he spent 11 days in the pediatric ICU.  We were only able to stay with him for a few nights and only one of us could stay.  It was at this time that we learned of availability at the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House.  We were able to move in after about a week, and it was a God-send!  We were just across the street from the campus, so we could come back to rest when needed and could also stay with Zach until he was asleep, then not have to drive the 45 min home each night.

Zach was transferred to Shriners Hospitals for Children and began his intensive treatment and physical therapy which lasted the next seven weeks.  Again, being able to be with Zach in the day, then coming to the House at night was a huge relief.  There was food in the cupboards that we could eat, cookies made by volunteers, television, plenty of books and anything else we needed.  We felt so very blessed!

When Zach was released from Shriners he still needed to be at the hospital each day on an outpatient basis for continued therapy and school.  He had started back to high school through Shriners home/hospital program.  It was at this time, we moved as a family to the duplex on the property.  It was awesome.  We could all be together, have our own space and be conveniently located to his doctors.  While we were at the RMHC, we felt like we were part of one big family.  Lois was amazing, we were able to celebrate Halloween with the other families staying there, we had a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner donated by Southwest Airlines, and all of the amenities that we needed.

The journey that Zach and our family have been on the last three years is both humbling and empowering.  We have been blessed in so many ways and the Ronald McDonald House is one of our greatest.  We will continue to support this cause and give back for all that it has given to us.

Judie P. (Zach’s mom)

 

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