Family Stories

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Zylah’s Story

April 6th, 2017

Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, the Green family had to say goodbye to their sweet girl. With the family’s permission, we share their story and honor the memory of baby Zylah. Zamiyah, Zariha, and Zaliyah know the Ronald McDonald House as well as they know their own home. The girls gleefully trip over one another to reach the…

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Jacob and Daniel Jolivard

Daniel’s Story

November 21st, 2016

Last Christmas, Junior Jolivard opened the door to his guest room at the Ronald McDonald House, preparing to face another day since his son, Daniel, had been admitted to the hospital two months prior. Instead, he was greeted with an unexpected sight – gifts for his family, and more at the door of each family staying in the House. Being…

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Katelyn smiling in the sunshine

Katelyn’s Story

July 21st, 2016

This is a story about a little girl who has beaten the odds many times. She loves a good joke, her family, art projects and ping-pong. But Katelyn DeRycke’s story started before birth when her brother Noah was diagnosed in utero with a genetic disease. Testing confirmed it was autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) and subsequent pregnancies for the…

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Daylea and McNugget

Daylea’s Story

July 21st, 2016

The phrase “good things come in small packages” certainly pertains to Daylea who proudly wears her cowboy boots and a big smile 24/7. You would never guess that this spunky little girl was considered medically fragile when she was adopted by her mom Amber 3 years ago. Daylea was born with Biliary Atresia, a liver disease and was not expected…

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