We first came to Ronald McDonald House in August of 2014. My son Brody and I arrived to Rochester via helicopter because a CT scan near us showed a mass in the back of his head. This was the beginning of our story—finding out that Brody has a type of brain tumor called medulloblastoma, and it would require surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
We live nearly three hours away, so traveling in every day was not an option. RMHC was dumped in our laps as a place to stay in Rochester. There were many things getting dumped on us at the time, and it was nice to have one that was a good thing! Having a place to stay for our entire family (four of us in total) is extremely helpful.
My first impression was one of feeling overwhelmed by everything going on, and then to have this amazing “house” available for us was indescribable. One less thing to worry about. The house, which is really like a house and a hotel all together, is perfect for families that really just want to be there for their kid’s stuff, not worrying about a place to stay or how to pay for it, or at least one meal a day.
RMHC is truly a home away from home for us. We walk in, are comfortable, recognized, and it feels like our second home at this point. There is a vast kitchen at our disposal, many family rooms (with TVs, movies, games and books), laundry, computers and of course the private rooms/bathrooms. Brody and I are partial to the big family room downstairs for watching movies!... Read More