Category Archives: Our Families

Walder Family - mom, dad, and three children smiling

Twice now the Walder’s spent a few days at Dayton Children’s Hospital – first with Braylee in November and then with Christopher. Their mom, Melissa, expressed her gratitude for the Ronald McDonald Family Room in a big way.

“Luckily my children were only admitted a few days but some children are there for months and years,” mom Melissa states.

“You would think, with three children, I would have some kind of emergency overnight bag packed, but I didn’t. Thankfully there is a room on the second floor of Dayton Children’s just for family members of the admitted patient where they can shower, wash clothes, make something to eat and relax. There I was able to get shampoo, conditioner, soap, tooth brush and tooth paste, deodorant, a hot shower and wash my clothes.”

That’s not all. Melissa graciously donated her birthday to RMHC Dayton to help our Ronald McDonald Family Rooms stock up on the hygiene items her family relied on.

“Their parents/caretakers usually don’t leave their side. These families sometimes completely depend on this room for all of their hygiene needs. Everything they have there is solely from donations. My birthday is coming up and I would like to raise some money and collect items to donate and give back,” writes Melissa in her online fundraiser.

Hundreds of dollars worth of hygiene items and $600 later, Melissa’s birthday made a huge impact! We are happy to have been there in her family’s time of need, and truly appreciate how they have paid it forward to other families. We are always in need of donated items to support families like Melissa’s. Check out our Wish List!

Family Room Program Director Julie Arias  Melissa dropping off hygiene items for families

(As told by Ms. Beasley)

When my baby girl was born, she wasn’t thriving and no one knew why. We were sent to Dayton Children’s NICU, and it was one of the hardest things to go through. Thankfully we were able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. It gave me some peace to know I had a place to go to get a meal, shower and sleep that was right there. I also had two older children that were able to come to the House and have some one-on-one time with mom because this was all equally hard on them.

Beasley FamilyMy sweet baby wouldn’t eat and had to have so many tests done, so we were there for 30 days. Thankfully we finally made progress and were able to take her home though they still didn’t know why or what happened to her. She was eating and making head way! We finally found out what was wrong 5 months later. She was diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Now, she is making progress and is almost 2 years old!

We are forever grateful for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton because you made a heart breaking time a little more comfortable.

Thank you so much and keep doing what you’re doing.

Porter at Dayton Children's

This story was told by Porter’s mom.

With no warning sign, Porter’s heart rate rose to over 300 BPM, and we were rushed from our one-week appointment to the local ER. He was transported to Dayton Children’s Hospital where we thought he would be kept for observation over night. By 10 PM, we were told by the cardiologist that Porter wasn’t leaving any time soon. I started to panic.

How was I going to continue breastfeeding my son? How was I going to handle traveling 3+ hours to and from each day? Would I stay over night in the NICU? What was I going to do with my other children?

Our nurse mentioned the Ronald McDonald House to us and highly suggested we apply. After a very difficult 24 hours, it was nice to be able to shower and eat. After staying over night in the NICU, I can’t explain how nice it was to be able to go to the House and just have a place to escape when we felt mentally and emotionally drained.

The Bennington family
My husband and I can not thank Ronald McDonald House Charities of Dayton enough for keeping us close to the NICU for the 6 days our son was there. Without this service, we would have been traveling an hour and a half each way to see Porter. This House gave us the breaks we needed and allowed me to continue breastfeeding my son.

We didn’t think we would need it. We thought it was just for families of very sick children who needed a long-term place to stay. In our heads, we weren’t going to be there long.

When you go through McDonald’s and see the donation box: donate your change. RMHC Dayton makes a huge difference for families and their children in the hospital, especially when plans change at a moment’s notice.