The place I’m most grateful for is The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
The Ronald McDonald Charities in Spokane has a rest area upstairs from the Sacred Heart Hospital’s PICU for families of pediatric patients, and so I was able to grab snacks as well as grab a few hours of sleep in one of their sleep rooms. It was so comforting to be so close to my baby when he was in the PICU, because the patient rooms are not big enough for parents to stay overnight.
However, the sleep rooms are only available for a few nights in a row, since there are a limited number of rooms and a lot of families to accommodate. So I was amazed and grateful when they said that I could not use the sleep rooms anymore, but that they had a room available for me at The Ronald McDonald House which was just about a 5-minute drive from the hospital.
Then my son and I had to travel all the way across the state for his bone marrow transplant. We were able to get a room at The Ronald McDonald House in Seattle, and then a private apartment so that he will be able to be isolated while he is immunosuppressed. There is enough room for my husband and other children to visit us and sleep comfortably.
The House provides food to supplement our groceries, as well as meals prepared by local members of the community, and the House provides toiletries, dishes, pots and pans, laundry detergent, family activities, entertainment, shuttles to hospitals and shopping trips, tickets to local events and attractions — they are absolutely amazing. They try to be “home away from home,” and to provide positivity and light during families’ most dark and stressful times, and their kindness is overwhelming. The staff and volunteers are so warm and welcoming. Everything is kept clean and well-stocked. They have been so wonderful for our family this year, and we are so very grateful to The Ronald McDonald House Charities.