Katie stayed at the Ronald McDonald House after the births of three of her four children. This Mother’s Day, she will be home celebrating four healthy kids.
“How do you thank an organization for providing you with solid ground when your whole world was unsteady and on the verge of crumbling not once, not twice, but during three separate years and for three of your children? My last three babies were born premature – Cohen at 29 weeks in 2009, Casen at 30 weeks in 2013, and Charlotte at 30 weeks in 2016. Each of them spent two months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before we could take them to our home in Moscow, Idaho.
Simply stated, I am able to celebrate Mother’s Day as the mom of four children because the Ronald McDonald House provided me the opportunity to be a mother during a time that otherwise I could not have been. Without having to worry about where I would sleep at night, where I would grab a bite to eat, and where I would shower, I was able to spend time at the bedside of each baby, instead of commuting to and from the hospital from our home in Moscow. I was able to get to the hospital in the middle of the night when a call came that my child was struggling. I was able to get to the hospital in the middle of the night when I needed to be there for my own reassurance.
Having a newborn in the NICU is an isolating experience. Staying at the Ronald McDonald House, I knew I was not alone. It provided me the opportunity to connect with other families facing a similar crisis. I met some incredible and courageous families. Brought together by the same bond of a medically fragile child, we were able to connect and grow strong with the support of one another.”
Thank you to all of you for helping us give moms like Katie the best gift of all – the gift of family.