Lilly’s Love and Laughter

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Published: Nov 14, 2016

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 Lilly and MomLilly 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. Emily discovered that her daughter would need a bone marrow transplant.

This type of medical care is not available in Uganda, so Emily searched for a hospital that could provide treatment. Due to the  need for travel, the adoption process was accelerated so Emily could take Lilly out of the country. They were referred to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware.

Two year-old Lilly filled the House with laughter and joy.

Emily found comfort in learning that our House is located right across the street from the hospital. Emily’s mom, who still lives in the United States, was able to visit and stay here at the House. Here, she was able to provide extra support and love to her daughter and granddaughter.

Emily shared that the House played a big role in their ability to have access to the excellent medical care. Emily shared, “I don’t know how we would have found a place to stay if it wasn’t for [The Ronald McDonald House].”

Lilly wearing sunglassesNot only has the House provided them with many resources that they do not have access to at home, including the luxuries of electricity, but also with a new support group of friends. During their stay, Emily and Lilly formed friendships with the staff, volunteers, and other families.

Other than the delicious meals, Lilly’s favorite parts of the House are the playroom and the “intern office” which she liked to visit daily!

Emily and Lilly checked out in the spring to await test results with family and friends in South Carolina. The House seemed a lot quieter after Lilly left, but we are happy that Emily has stayed in touch and sent us some “Lilly love” photos to brighten our days!


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