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 …

Support for Families, From Families

Like many 10 year olds, Brandon Smith was excited for Christmas and spent most of December counting down the days until the Christmas morning. When he came down with pneumonia, his mother Kerigan quickly rushed him to the doctor with hopes of a speedy recovery so that he wouldn’t be sick for this holidays. During the diagnostic tests, his doctor …

A Whole Family Finds Refuge: The Lewis Family

Eric and Tiffany Lewis have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill with their five-year-old son Elisha for seven weeks. During that time it has served as their sanctuary, their school and Elisha’s playground as it has become their “home-away-from-home”. While not at the hospital with their two-month-old daughter, Aletheia, they are homeschooling Elisha and trying to …

A Long Road to Recovery

January 5, 2015 was a day that Jasmine Thompson will never forget. It was the day that her 2-year-old daughter Elayjah pulled a pan off the stove and spilled hot grease on herself, resulting in third-degree burns on 14 percent of her body. “Getting the phone call about the accident was the worst moment of my life. I felt so …