If these walls could talk,

what stories of love and hope they would tell! Read a few below, and know that we, at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Sadie 13

April 30th was a whirlwind.  What started like any other day would soon test my body, my baby and our family.   I was  25 weeks pregnant and  had been suffering from a subchorionic  hemorrhage that was located at the placenta and uterus since March so bleeding had become common but as the day progressed so did the blood loss.  After a frantic call to my doctor, I was referred to the Golisano Children’s Hospital Triage so I packed my bags not knowing how long I would be gone.  My 3 year old son, Rhett and I left our home in Naples and headed to Fort Myers.  My husband was in Alabama repairing power lines that had been destroyed by tornados and as I was talking to him on the phone, reality began to set in.  Something was very wrong.    After what seemed like hours, we finally arrived and I wasn’t sure I would make it in the doors.   We were whisked upstairs immediately and I soon learned I was dilated to 10; I was having my daughter!   It was inconceivable to think that I was in labor and drove 45 minutes alone with my son.  Suddenly, my daughter’s heart rate dropped and the doctor called for NICU.  I knew there wasn’t much time and I had to do whatever I could to save her life while not forgetting my son was on the other side of the curtain on the couch playing with my phone.   Just 15 minutes after arriving at the hospital, Sadie came out feet first; my cervix had closed around her head and she stopped breathing.  The NICU team worked vigorously to revive her.  Finally, her hands and feet began to move.  Fast forward, here we are, almost three months later. Sadie is still in the hospital and the Ronald McDonald House has been our “home away from home” since May 2nd, I could not be more grateful!  I am able to be by Sadie’s and Rhett’s side every day, only walking distance between the two.   When we first arrived at the Ronald McDonald House, our life was filled with uncertainty.  I was nervous and not sure what to expect as our family forged through this challenging time. Our journey has been filled with many ups and downs but having the support of volunteers, staff and the other families staying there has been priceless.  Looking back, I cannot imagine not having a Ronald McDonald House and having to drive back and forth from Naples every day to see Sadie.  The nurses remind me how much faster children heal and grow when parents are able to spend lots of time with them.  Today, Sadie has tripled in size!  She has grown from 1 pound 11 ounces to over 4 pounds!  We still have a ways to go but we have our “home” next door until the day we can take Sadie home.  We can never adequately thank Ronald McDonald House and all of the people who make it possible.  The Ronald McDonald House is forever in our hearts!
~ The Lee Family

Skylar OrginalMy daughter was only given a 50% chance of survival after being born 15 weeks early, weighing 1 pound 6 oz. When Skylar was transferred to The (Golisano) Children’s Hospital of SW Florida from Naples, I had no idea what I was going to do, all I knew is that I couldn’t be far away from her, knowing I would be losing precious time. That’s when I learned about Ronald McDonald House. I have been at the Ronald McDonald House for 100 days now (and counting) and I can’t describe how appreciative I am! Being just minutes away from Skylar is priceless! She is growing every day and finally gets to be in mommy’s arms after 6 long weeks. We hope to be going home in time for Christmas, until then, I will be staying at my ‘home away from home.’
Thank you Ronald McDonald House!
~ Amber

“On the night of June 15th, my daughter aspirated in her sleep. When I went to check on her I found her grey and not breathing. I rushed her to the hospital and she was air lifted to HealthPark and placed on a ventilator. The past two weeks have been full of ups and downs, but my daughter has now recovered and we are going home! Thank you to Ronald McDonald House and all the volunteers and staff who helped to make this place feel like my own home.
~ Susan

“I arrived at the Ronald McDonald House in July due to the fact that my son was born prematurely and unable to go home with me at the time I was discharged from the hospital. I didn’t realize there was such a place as this! Living over 40 miles from Fort Myers, I had no idea how I would be able to make it to the hospital to see my son each day, how my husband would be able to continue working (we only have one car), how I would be able to eat and so on. I could not afford a hotel nor a car rental and that’s when a nurse told me about the House. It’s now seven weeks later and I am preparing to take my HEALTHY little boy home! This House and it’s peope have provided me a place to sleep, bathe, eat and relax while only being a five minute walk from my hospitalized son. Staying here has allowed me to spend my days with my child while learning to care for him during the “ups and downs” that all preemies and their families experience. THANK YOU RONALD McDONALD HOUSE! May God continually bless this House!
~ Sami

My sister suffers from leukemia and this is her second hospitalization in the last several weeks. Because of Ronald McDonald House our entire family is able to visit with her on a daily basis. We don’t know when she will be coming home, but, we believe she will come home.”
~ Heather

My baby was born one month early and was abnormally small. We’ve been here for over a month and I get all choked up when I think of how great Ronald McDonald House has been to me. I see the donation boxes (at McDonald’s restaurants) in a different light now and I am spreading the good word on your charity.
~ Manuel

“I am thankful that God has granted my Christmas wish of bringing my baby home! My daughter was born in November and she had no esophagus! She was transported to HealthPark, because without treatment, we knew she would not live. It’s been a little over four weeks, my daughter is doing great and we are going home! This was a long and painful road, but Ronald McDonald House helped to make the journey much more bearable.
~ Sandra

“I would like to thank everyone who has played a role in me taking my son, Jaden, home! What a wonderful day this is. I appreciate all the warm smiles and laughs throughout the course of my stay. God will bless each of you for the kindness you have extended to me and my family. This truly was my ‘home-away-from-home.’ Words cannot express how appreciative I am. May God continue to keep His hands over the mission and vision of this House and over every volunteer and staff member.
~ Virginia

My family is grateful for your services, support and prayers. Whenever a friend, or family member, asked if we needed something, I said, ‘Our needs are being met but you could always donate to the Ronald McDonald House.’ I hope, no, I know, another family will find this House as a bearer of abiding hope. I didn’t know how we were going to be able to spend time with our son, but because of this House, you made it happen. Thank you!”
~ Irma

Thank You RMHC Staff and Volunteers! I love all that you have done for my family.
~ Amanda

“On behalf of my daughter, who resided in your House recently, I wish to make a donation. Sincere gratitude goes out to the volunteers who prepared the ‘yummy’ meals. A great big ‘thank you’ to Ronald McDonald House. May God reward you all.”
~ Josie

Thank you so very much for allowing me to stay at your beautiful House while my son was in the NICU. I am grateful for the kindness and helpfulness of your staff and volunteers. This House was such a blessing to me and my family during this challenging time. God bless all of you and what you provide to this community!”
~ Linda

“I’m sorry that we had to go through this experience to see first hand what the Ronald McDonald House was all about, but, after the dust kinda settles and you step out of the box and look in, we know we couldn’t have done it without you! What an outstanding organization. Love y’all and we’re saving our tabs!
~ Wendy

“We would like to thank everyone at the House for everything they have done. Everyone welcomed us into the House and, during his hospitalization, we were able to spend most of our time with our son. He is now doing great and you are still helping us. Because of you, he had a great Christmas with great gifts! He loves everything! Thank you again! We will keep all of you in our hearts and we continue to tell everyone what a great charity you are! Hope to see you soon.
~ The Lopez Family

I wanted to say, ‘thank you so much,’ for helping me and my family while my daughter spent five days in the NICU. I never knew such charity existed. I always thought that parents were pretty much put to the wayside when their kids were in the hospital. You proved to me that there is someone who cares about us parents. Thank you again for everything you did for us. Our daughter is doing great here at home!”
~ Danielle

“Each and every one of you has been a hand-picked blessing to our family. We are eternally grateful for your prayers and kindness and God’s grace through you! We always feel at home – loved and welcomed. May God continue to richly bless you, as you further bless those around you. Kelsey is doing better…prayers are being answered.
~ The Barnett Family

“We are doing very good. I enjoyed being able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House and we miss all of you! I hope to stop by in a couple of months so that you can see how well the baby is doing. I will keep in touch. Thank you for everything you did for us.
~ Bre

 

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA

House-StreetSignLocated on the campus
of HealthPark
Medical Center

16100 Roserush Court
Fort Myers, FL 33908

Phone: 239-437-0202
Fax: 239-437-3521

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