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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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Hanson to the Rescue

The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Lehigh Hanson to support the House’s Cornerstone Project, an ongoing effort to maintain excellent facilities in support of families with a child facing medical crisis. The Lehigh Hanson Cares program grant will allow the House to begin necessary repairs following failures in the HVAC system, plumbing …

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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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A message from Heather Shanahan

Dear Friends, I could not be more excited to be joining the staff of the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, and transitioning my commitment to the House from my current Board role to Executive Director.  We all thank Liz Snyder for her tireless work in implementing structure and policies for the House, opening the doors for new development opportunities, …

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Fond farewell and best wishes, Liz!

After two years with the House, Liz Snyder has announced her resignation as Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. Liz will be relocating to Greenville, South Carolina to be the Executive Director of Home Health and Hospice for Prisma Health. Liz led the House through an exciting transition as we settled into our new “normal” with …

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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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2018 WCHL People’s Choice Awards—Best Overnight Stay

We were honored to be voted “Best Overnight Stay” in the 2018 WCHL People’s Choice Awards. In 2017 alone, families from all over North Carolina and beyond stayed at the House for nearly 12,000 nights. Families come to our House during their most challenging hours. What makes this award so special to us is that YOU made it happen. Our …

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Remembering Woody

It is with heavy hearts that we received the news longtime friend of the House, Woody Durham, passed away early this morning. Our thoughts immediately go to his wife Jean and how she is doing. Second, we think of the lasting legacy Woody leaves not only on Carolina and Chapel Hill, but on the entire state through his longtime commitment …

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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 …