Jordan’s Smile Lights Up the House!

Five year-old Jordan Greiner and her mom Lisa have called the Ronald McDonald House home for nearly a year since Jordan’s diagnosis with leukemia. After months of strange bruising and misdiagnoses, Jordan ended up in the hospital when she suffered severe complications from a hamster bite. Blood tests revealed that Jordan had advanced acute myeloid leukemia. Following an extended regimen …

Not your average teenager…

Sixteen is an exciting age. Younger teens look forward to this milestone in eager anticipation, the age when they can finally get a driver’s license, moving one step closer towards independence. But sixteen-year-old Paul Rader was preoccupied by a much more challenging milestone: oral surgery necessary to fix the effects of radiation treatments he received as a little boy. In …

A Mother’s love…

“From the day he was born till diagnosis, I always knew there was something wrong with Zain,” remarks his mother, Amy.  “Within those years that we had no answer, there were developmental delays, behavioral difficulties, and many recurring physical symptoms.  Nothing made sense, as there was no condition I knew of associated with these physical and neurological issues.” It wasn’t …

The Partin Family’s Story

Jimmy and Katherine Partin, a Marine Corps family stationed in Jacksonville, NC, never expected to spend weeks living at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, but they received devastating news when Katherine was 20 weeks pregnant…  Their unborn child had Spina Bifida.  The doctors gave them 3 choices: terminate the pregnancy, operate on the baby in utero, or operate …

The House that Love Built

Melissa Markham never imagined that the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill would impact her life so much. But now, she says that “RMH is alive with hope, compassion, and love; it is hospitality defined, it is equipped, it is safe, it is close, it is comfortable, it is the only part of our journey we wish for our daughter …

A Constant in an Uncertain World

Dylan Zuege was only three years old when his seizures started. His parents, Karen and Jeff, were shocked by the severity of their son’s epilepsy. “He was having hundreds of seizures a day. At one point he was on four different medications but still having daily episodes,” says Karen. Dylan was quickly diagnosed with severe Doose syndrome, which is a …

Brothers Fight Cancer Together

My name is Kathleen Henry and my husband Robert is the battalion S3 operations NCO for a Military Police Battalion. We have been stationed at Ft. Bragg since 2002. In 2008, just after turning 2, our son Collin was diagnosed with pre-B cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. My husband was deployed at the time and was sent home on emergency leave …

Long-Time Friends of the House Stop by for a Visit

Kate Kane and her husband first stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill in 2005 when their daughter Maura needed heart surgery, but they soon became regular guests. “Maura has so many health problems, at times we were at the House for weeks on end,” said Kate. Maura was born in January 2005, and began the life-long battle …

A Tiny Heart with Just As Much Love to Give

This is my family at our home-away-from-home, the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. There’s my husband John, our two sons Gabriel and Matthew, our daughter Eliana (we call her Ellie) and me, Danielle. Eliana was born in October 2012 with three heart defects, and couldn’t go home for almost three months. Luckily, the Ronald McDonald House was there for …

A New Sense of Normal

Like many people, I had heard of the Ronald McDonald House but never really considered what it actually did. That all changed after my daughter’s accident in 2013, when the House in Chapel Hill opened its doors to my family. I could have never foreseen the positive impact that it would have in my life, but now I couldn’t imagine …