Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta provides a home-away-from-home for over 1,000 families each year and we love when our families share their stories. The English family shared this story (edited for publishing).
From Nikki English:
Ryder English was born at 33 weeks and his complications were completely unknown at the time. Ryder was diagnosed with having a condition that causes the esophagus and stomach to not be connected along with other related conditions that can hopefully be fixed with multiple surgeries down the road.
Ryder had his first surgery at 1 day old to place a feeding tube in his stomach, a central IV line in his chest and a colostomy bag.
Our home of Savannah is currently under a mandatory evacuation due to hurricane Dorian. This, on top of having a newborn n the NICU was enough to put me on overload.
All of the hotels in Augusta were completely booked and Ryder had already been transferred to Augusta Children’s Hospital. My husband, in a split second decision decided to call the Ronald McDonald House in Augusta even though we just knew it was full.
They were such a huge blessing and welcomed me with arms wide open. I couldn’t digest the fact that I was given this opportunity to stay in the Ronald McDonald House.
I was blown away at all the amenities offered and all the donations that make this possible. It’s such a huge relief to know that even though my baby is so sick, I have a home away from home.
My dad has donated to the Ronald McDonald House for many years and now I’m able to benefit from it. I’ll never be able to express my gratitude for everyone here that makes this wonderful place what it is.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta serves over 1,000 families each year. Our volunteer run community kitchen serves over 15,000 meals, and our volunteers and families run over over 5,000 loads of laundry every year.
We hope that this story has inspired you to get involved and help families just like this one. The staff, our volunteers and the Board of Directors thank the Heath family for sharing their story and we hope everyone will get involved.
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