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“The House lets me know that there is still good in the world.”

When a mystery diagnosis brought Charles and his family far from their Robeson County home, they had no idea what the next few months had in store for them. Their journey began on December 13, 2019 when Charles’ 16-year-old daughter began experiencing unexplained seizures and was admitted to the PICU at UNC Children’s. For months, Charles and his wife lived …

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The Cruz Family

The Cruz family has been a huge part of the Ronald McDonald House Family for two years now. Alejandra Cruz was born on April 4,2018 at 26 weeks.Mom, Yaliris, Dad, Enrique, and grandparents, Mildred and Jose, travel to Chapel Hill for Alejandra’s medical treatments. They are from Spring Lake, a small town near Fayetteville, North Carolina.It was not long after …

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The Forbis Family

When guests stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill (RMH), they become a part of the family—a part of the Ronald McDonald House family. The Forbis Family makes no exception. Brian and Kathleen Forbis have three beautiful children: Logan (8), Mason (4), and Madison (4). Their journey with Ronald McDonald House began in 2012 when Logan was born. …

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The Wise Family

The Wise Family has found a “home-away-from-home” at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill not just once, but now twice after the births of their sons, Garrett, now 18 months and Greyson, now 5 months old. “I had just had [baby] Garrett and it was time for me to be discharged and the hospital staff said I had to …

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Princess Mia

Over the past three decades, the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill has had many esteemed visitors, but none more special than Princess Mia Ivey. Mia, age four, and her family have found a “home-away-from-home” at RMH as she battles Stage Four High Risk Neuroblastoma. “The House gave us a place to stay during the weeks after Mia’s two stem …

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Trent & Tyuss

Trent and his twin brother Tyuss were first introduced to RMH Chapel Hill when Trent was diagnosed with NK-cell Leukemia when he was thirteen years old. In October, the two brothers celebrated their 18th birthday during a stay at the House. Trent says that driving is one of his favorite things to do for fun which made entering to win …

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Jett’s Journey

When Suzi Leahy was 23-weeks pregnant with Jett, her youngest of four children, she learned he had a complete unbalanced atrioventricular septal defect, a congenital heart disease. At the time, her husband AJ was deployed in Iraq. AJ returned home five days later to be with his family. Together with their children, the Leahy family has stayed at the Ronald …

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Eldon’s Story

Eldon Self and his mom Patricia have traveled from their home in Leland, North Carolina to the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill nearly 30 times since August 2017. The three-hour car ride has become quite routine for the fourteen-year old — but not as routine as the smiling faces and listening ears that greet him and his mother the …

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Sebastian’s Story

12-year-old Sebastian Gonzalez is being treated at N.C. Children’s Hospital. He and his family are from Costa Rica. Sebastian has desmoplastic small round cell tumor, a rare abdominal cancer. He is being cared for by Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan, one of the few doctors in the world specialized in treating this disease. While in North Carolina, Sebastian and his family are …

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Carolina Love: Three’s a Crowd, Six is Family

Some say three’s a crowd, but AJ and Jessie Smith of Wilmington, North Carolina believe six is a family. On July 25, triplets Bailey, Lainey and Ruby joined their big siblings Chloe (7), Finn (4) and Huxley (2). “We were supposed to have a 9:30 am surgery and got bumped by emergency c-sections all day,” Jessie said. “They all came …