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Dec
12

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It Felt Like Home

  Infantile Spasms (IS) is a very rare, serious seizure disorder that affects young children. Annually, only about 1,200 children are diagnosed with IS in the United States. (Child Neurology Foundation, n.d.). 20-month-old Bryson Townes was admitted to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children for an extended stay due to IS. Doctors also diagnosed Bryson […]

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Oct
09

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Counting Our Blessings

The Cookus-Gnoinski Family Story Ten-year-old Abbey Cookus-Gnoinski had her eighth surgery in May, and spent her summer at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware while completing an intensive Physical Therapy Schedule before she started sixth grade this fall. She was born with Diastrophic Dysplasia, a type of dwarfism that affects joints and bones due to a […]

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Aug
24

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Joyful No Matter What

Maddy describes herself as “the happiest girl in the world,” and it’s clear that she is. Singing Bruno Mars, laughing, and dancing in her wheelchair, Maddy’s warm demeanor and curious nature is contagious. Maddy and her grandmother Nancy stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware during the week while she undergoes therapy for complications […]

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Jul
11

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The Dodson Family Story

The Dodsons are a family who love the outdoors, camping, going to church, and having “Pizza Fridays.” Todd, Staci, Anna (2 years), Kyle (7 mos), and Max the Husky make up the close-knit family who reside in a rural, woodsy area of central Pennsylvania. At just three months old, Anna was diagnosed with four different […]

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May
08

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Not in This Alone

Lamar Wayman is an athlete. He played football, basketball, tee-ball, and practiced karate. But at age eight, Lamar was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his spinal cord and a cyst on his brain stem. In August 2017, he was admitted to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and underwent two major surgeries in just […]

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Apr
13

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“Able to Just Be With Each Other”

  When the Willis family experienced a serious car accident in June 2017, 8-year old Austin was ejected from the vehicle and landed on the asphalt.   He was the only one in the car who suffered a lasting injury. “Austin has a traumatic brain injury,” his mom Ashley shares, “He had to learn how to […]

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Feb
21

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Our Second Home

Siblings Logan and Summer are inseparable.  “Logan needs her,” their mom Linda says, “Summer has been by his side since his first visit.  She helps him relax and feel more at ease.” The Weaver family has been coming to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware for 9 years.  As a toddler, Logan started appointments at […]

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Feb
14

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“Two Minutes, Not Two Hours, Away”

Baby Sevyn was born extremely prematurely, at 24 weeks gestation. He weighed only 1 lb. 9 oz. Immediately after he was born in Seaford, Delaware, he was taken to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, almost 100 miles from the family’s home in Georgetown. Since birth, Sevyn has battled complications due to his prematurity; including […]

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Dec
12

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It Comes From the Heart

Two-year old Maria loves the playroom at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. Every night after eating dinner, whether her Mom is done eating or not, Maria confidently runs to the playroom to be with her friends. Maria’s mom, Farah, says that playing with other children and making friends was not something she was able […]

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Nov
07

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She Never Has to Be Alone

When two-year-old Georgianna Cherry’s parents noticed their daughter’s stomach swelling, they originally weren’t concerned, but made a visit to the family doctor to be sure. The family’s world quickly turned upside down when they received a series of unexpected news. First, they learned there was a tumor on Georgie’s liver. Doctors assured them it was […]

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Oct
13

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Nicholas, a Hero

“On November 31, 2016, my son Nicholas had his 3rd surgery to remove a tumor that had grown back. The neurosurgeon told me he may never walk again. I will never forget the day I checked into the Ronald McDonald House. I was alone, worried, scared, sad, and still trying to process what the doctors […]

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Aug
09

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“Home-away-from-home”

The Hoover family is very familiar with joy, and with heartache. Among their heartaches, they think about the child they lost, who would have been ten this year. They also think of their newborn baby, who has been in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for children since she was born […]

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Jul
04

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It’s My Home; it’s Her Home

At four months old, Jazmin was diagnosed with a rare liver disease in her home country of Jamaica. When her parents Jessica and Javion realized that the proper care for Jazmin wasn’t available at home, they began to search for help in other countries. Time was of the essence for the Dunn family, because Jazmin […]

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Jun
12

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Always There For Us

On July 26, 2016, Jordan and his mom Rebeca arrived to Delaware after a long flight from their home in Ecuador.  That same day, Jordan received a blood transfusion of four pints of blood at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington. After being diagnosed with Leukemia in Ecuador, Jordan’s family flew to Delaware to receive treatment.  Far […]

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Feb
14

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Sammy’s Sprinters

Sammy Speiss Hinkle’s family has stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware many times while Sammy underwent surgeries and treatments for his rare form of dwarfism at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Now, Sam and his family and friends participate in our K Run/Walk every year to support the House they called home […]

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Jan
17

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Garrett, a Hero

10-year-old Garrett is a hero.  After being hit by a car in May, he made a long recovery at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Garrett and his mom spent several months at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware while Garrett received intensive rehab. While he has been discharged and able to go back home since, Garrett […]

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Dec
12

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It’s Like a Family Here

Rebeka’s Mom Donated Part of Her Liver to Save Her Daughter’s Life Rebeka has Biliary Artesia, a rare and life threatening disease of the liver. When she was 7 months old, Rebeka, her parents left home in Jamaica to receive medical treatment in Wilmington, Delaware. When her family arrived, Rebeka was hospitalized for months while waiting for […]

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Dec
07

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It Makes You Feel Less Alone

Malachi and His Family Stayed at the Ronald McDonald House this Summer Since he was diagnosed with dwarfism nine years ago, Malachi and his family family have been coming to Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children. Only recently when he needed surgery did they start to stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. During […]

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Nov
14

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Lilly’s Love and Laughter

 Lilly was born in Uganda and taken to a foster program run by her now-adoptive mother, Emily. After knowing Lilly for only a few days, Emily decided that she wanted to adopt her. In Uganda, adoptive parents must foster their child for three years in the country. One year into this process, Lilly was diagnosed with leukemia. […]

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Nov
04

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Ian’s Salute to Bravery

Ian’s Journey Ian has a rare musculoskeletal disorder. His journey has been a long one, with more than 20 surgeries and rigorous physical therapy. In order to be closer to Ian’s medical team in Wilmington, DE, his family made the decision to move from Texas to Maryland. During visits to the hospital, he and his family have […]

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Oct
24

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Little Levi’s Miracle Flight

Levi is one of just 21 people worldwide with a rare form of dwarfism.  Because his condition is so rare, he visits to different doctors around the country for treatment.”¬ Biggest Flight Ever Over the summer, Levi flew from his home in Mississippi to Wilmington, Delaware for an orthopedic evaluation. (This was the 100,000th flight arranged […]

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Sep
08

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The Last Day I Cried

Ryan’s Family Knew He Was a Fighter “He’ll try anything. He gets mad if you try to help.” That’s mom’s way of describing Ryan, watching as he slides down the mini roller coaster in the playroom. Ryan is a lively 3.5 year old who has achondroplasia.  After almost losing Ryan to a common cold at […]

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Aug
25

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Much More than a Place to Stay

  Pablo’s family traveled from Chile and found a new home.   The Lasso Degand family believes the Ronald McDonald House is much more than just a place to stay. Pablo was born with Morquio Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. As he grew, walking  became increasingly more difficult as his deformities progressed rapidly. Pablo’s family began […]

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Aug
12

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A Real Feeling of Connection

What child looks like a princess wearing halo traction as though it was her crown? And what five year old tells the nurse who stuck her with an IV, to “walk the plank” for causing her pain? Precocious, sweet Zoe does. Having traveled across the country so Zoe could undergo a life-altering spinal surgery at […]

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Jul
11

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It’s like our own community

Nine year-old Amaury has been on a long journey that led him to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. About a year ago he had a kidney transplant that his body ended up rejecting. His original treatment was at a hospital close to his home in Florida. When his body was rejecting the transplanted kidney […]

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Feb
15

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The kids look at it as a mini vacation

The Trubey’s have love for Ronald McDonald Houses and all that they offer! The House became a home to this family of eight in July while four month old Emmilou was admitted for cystic fibrosis testing. One of the many realizations families face while navigating the medical world is that life outside goes on. It […]

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Jan
08

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We Enjoyed Christmas Eve at the House

Since the Fennelly’s first stay in October of 2014, they’ve unpacked their bags at their “home away from home” 6 times, totaling 61 nights. Time after time, they pack their car and make the trek from Virginia to Delaware so Sean can receive orthopedic treatment at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

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Dec
04

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A Place Where Friendship Grows

The families of Evelyn Wichie and Samantha Haney have communicated with each other over the past four years through a parent Facebook group that focuses on Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease, which is the condition that both girls…

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Nov
09

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A Silver Lining

Five month old Dean is nothing short of a fighter. He was born with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, an enlarged and thickened heart muscle, an extremely rare condition in someone so young. At just two weeks of age, Dean started treatment with specialists at …

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Oct
20

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She’s My Miracle Baby

The Marshall family has five children, Nathan, Natalie, Natalia, Elizabeth, and Izabella. The family has been coming to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware for the past eight years ever since their oldest son Nathan was born. Four of the children have b…

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Sep
09

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“Everyone is family here, everyone is a team”

The Fulginiti family has been coming to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington since son CeJay was a week old. When CeJay turned four, the family realized through talking with their doctors, that they were able to utilize the Ronald …

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Jul
15

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“We Couldn’t Have Had a Better Place to Stay”

“She’s the love of our lives,” said Cindy Malone about her six year old daughter Carley. “We did everything you can think to make sure she was healthy.”…

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Jun
02

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“I Feel Safe Here”

Manuel was three months old. Manuel has a form of dwarfism known as diastrophic dysplasia which affects cartilage and bone development…

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May
08

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“You treat us like family, You treat everyone like family”

Brenda and her seven year old son David have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware on and off for the past two years…

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Mar
12

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“It’s the support that keeps me coming back”

Tara Stevens first stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware six years ago when her youngest daughter needed heart surgery just four days after she was born…

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Feb
12

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‘It’s the Simple Things”

The Tiffany family from Pennsylvania has been coming to the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware for nearly 5 years. Nicholas, age 12, suffered severe brain trauma when he was in a car accident at 18 months old. They decided to travel four hours to Nemours/A…

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Jan
12

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“Not Having to Worry”

The Forbey family is from Galloway, New Jersey. Lloyd and Tamaiya have been married for 21 years and have 5 beautiful children together. On June 6, 2008, Tamaiya gave birth to their handsome son, Isaiah. Four weeks after Isaiah was born they noticed his s…

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