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Family Stories

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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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