The Talouzi Family

Many families are facing new challenges this year including time apart from friends and loved ones and virtual school. One of those families is Kathyrn and Layth Talouzi, who are currently calling the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, “home.” In April, sixteen-year-old Layth was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, a condition in which the body stops producing enough new blood cells, …

The Sheltrown Family

Daniel and Jennifer Sheltrown are the parents to three boys: Asher, age 8, Gavin, age 6, and Bennett, age 1. Their journey to the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill (RMH) began when Jennifer was pregnant with Bennett. “At our anatomy scan, we were told he had a problem with his bladder and kidney. When he was born, he got …

Thank you to our generous restaurant partners!

Our mission at Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill is to provide a “home-away-from-home” for families facing one of life’s greatest challenges. And over the last few months, the challenge of having an ill or injured child has certainly been amplified.  And while operations at the House have looked different, we have remained committed to the providing the important constant of a …

“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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Giving Tuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday…why should you care? By Heather Shanahan, Executive Director First of all, what is it? Surveys show that if you are Gen Z, you have better than a 50/50 chance of knowing about Giving Tuesday. If you are a Baby Boomer, maybe not so much. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by teams at the 92nd Street Y …