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 …

Two Times the Love

Jonathan and Chinwe Onyenekwe say their twins are the epitome of strength and perseverance, and it’s easy to see why. In the two short years since their birth, they have fought and won major health battles. Chinwe and her husband were busy preparing for their twin’s arrival in 2012. As first time parents, they were a little nervous but very …

Hero for Hope

When Zach Siekert’s position as a Black Hawk helicopter crew chief and mechanic in the U.S. Army took him to Afghanistan, the last thing he expected to find was love. But that’s exactly where he met his future wife, Tarah, who was also serving in the Army. After settling in to their marriage stateside in Lillington, North Carolina, Zach and …