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Connecting, 3,000 Miles Apart
When a child is ill or injured, RMHC takes care of the whole family.
And often times, it’s the siblings of a hospitalized child that find the greatest benefit within the walls of a Ronald McDonald House or a Ronald McDonald Family Room. Two children, both siblings of children facing life threatening conditions in the hospital, separated by more than 3,000 miles, recently connected and learned that they had a lot in common.
An interview by 11 year-old, Ivanna, member of the Ronald McDonald House New York Press Crew with 13 year-old Jeremy, currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House of the Central Valley, California.
Ivanna: What brought you and your family to the Ronald McDonald House?
Jeremy: My sister’s heart condition. The chambers in her heart are on the wrong side. She is 15 months and we've been staying at the Ronald McDonald House on and off since she was born. I stay with my mom in the House on weekends and holidays.
Ivanna: Did you know anything about the House or RMHC before?
Jeremy: No, I hadn't even heard of it, but now I will never forget it.
Ivanna: What was your first impression when you came to the House?
Jeremy: I was surprised that they built the House right next door to the hospital. It's awesome. And I love how they celebrate holidays here. My mom and I felt like we didn't miss out. We got to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas together just like normal. We woke up Christmas morning with gifts from Santa, had Christmas cookies, and forgot that we weren’t at home.
Ivanna: What does the House mean to you?
Jeremy: It means a lot. A lot. It's such a wonderful place where you can stay and rest and go through your situation together.
Ivanna: What is your favorite activity or program at the House?
Jeremy: The Ronald McDonald House Family Reunion, an event that the House had last weekend. I also love the volunteers that make lunch and dinner for my mom. I want her to be with my sister as much as she can and its neat she doesn’t have to cook. The Volunteers help make her day a little easier.
Ivanna: If you could wish for anything, what would it be?
Jeremy: I wish my sister would be healed. I want her to come home. Also, I'm praying for your sister. Hope she gets better and gets to go home with you.
Ivanna: Do you think Ronald McDonald House Charities will have a special place in your heart in the future?
Jeremy: Ronald McDonald House will always be in my heart. ALWAYS. I'll never forget that people had the idea of building the House that helps so many families and kids.