L-R: Tyler Campbell, baby Kaelin and Rubia Ferreira. Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham

RMHCA guest family marries at UAB RNICU

When Rubia Ferreira first met Tyler Campbell in Okinawa, Japan, they got to talking and she wanted to know if he could cook. So how did Tyler answer Rubia’s question? He stepped up to the stove and cooked her dinner on their first date! This couple can not only cook, they’re well-traveled. At the time…

L-R: Quintarius, LaShunda, Amauri and Kintarria.

Family Story: No worries when you’re at the Ronald McDonald House

The first thing you pick up on while talking to LaShunda Harris is that she isn’t worried about the small things in life. This, despite the fact that her 17-year-old son, Quintarius, had a double lung transplant four months ago. Despite being hours from her other children, Kintarria and Amauri, and family in Montgomery. “When…

Brantley, Michelle and John. (Source: Michelle Jarrard)

One mom’s journey from RMHC supporter to guest family

Michelle has to travel hours from Mobile to Birmingham for her son’s medical treatment. Read on to learn how the charity makes time away from home a little easier! What is it like going from someone who supported the charity to someone staying at RMHCA? I’ve known about the Ronald McDonald House for years, like…

The Capps family.

Capps Family Story: There are not enough thank yous

The drive from Elba, Alabama to Birmingham is 167 miles. Even with access to I-65, the trip takes three hours, one way. It probably doesn’t sound that fun to you, but imagine if you also had two children along for the ride and one of them has to attend daily physical therapy sessions at Children’s…

The Mollies at RMHCA.

Featured Fundraiser: Team Mollie Squared

If you spend any time around the House or follow us on social media, you’ve seen the Mollies! Mollie Beth Preston and Mollie Ann Ford have been friends for about a year now and met by chance in the House’s dining room. “We kept hearing someone calling “Mollie” but I figured they were saying Holly,”…

Ashley Harris feeds her daughter, E'mari.

Harris Family Story: Finding strength and courage at RMHCA

We’re honored to share the Harris family story, as told by Ashley Harris. During the holidays, we think a lot about the blessings and good times we’ve had over the past year. 2017 has had many ups and downs for my family but I can tell you I’m thankful for the health of my newborn,…

Jeb as an infant. Source: Hoffman Family

Jeb’s story: We’ll ‘never forget the blessings received’ at RMHCA

Jeb Hoffman’s parents didn’t expect their sweet son to be born premature, but he arrived early on October 20, 2016! Below, his mother, April, shares in her own words what it meant to stay at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama while Jeb was one block away at Children’s of Alabama. On Monday October 17, 2016…

L-R: Jace, Jamie and Josie play at the House.

Jace’s fighting spirit

We are so grateful to Jamie Calaway for sharing her family’s story and how RMHCA has helped them! At 29 weeks gestation, my youngest son Jace weighed 1.8 ounces and an ultrasound revealed he had a hole in his heart and my placenta had stopped working properly. Jace and I were whisked off to Children’s Hospital…

Billie joined by members of her church to present a $1,142 check to RMHCA.

Billie and Ryan give back to RMHCA

Billie and her 13-year-old son, Ryan, were first introduced to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) in 2010. Ryan was receiving care at Children’s of Alabama after being ejected from a car in Montgomery. After a sleepless night in the waiting room, the family’s social worker was made aware of Ryan’s situation and helped…

Breyleigh

Breyleigh’s new and perfect heart

Breyleigh’s story began when her mom, Kelsey, received the news that Breyleigh would be born with a hole in her heart. “They said she wasn’t going to make it and asked me if I wanted to keep the baby,” Kelsey explains. But after Breyleigh was born, she continued to fight for months to come, surprising…

Lilly looking at RMHCA from the hospital and another picture of Lilly looking at the hospital from her RMHCA room.

All the small things keep sisters Lilly and Lyla close

This summer, we’re honored to share the story of two sisters, Lilly and Lyla, as told by their mother, Toni. Staying at RMHCA has been wonderful. It allows us to be close to our infant, Lyla, whom is being cared for at Children’s of Alabama. It saves us from spending money on a place to…

An-Mei donates money to RMHCA

An-Mei gives back to RMHCA

One of our former guest families visited us recently with an amazing gift! An-Mei stayed with us last year and has spent several months collecting donations to support RMHCA. It was wonderful to see how she is doing and during her visit, presented us with more than $700 and we couldn’t be more grateful! Our mission…

LJ pets Mika the dog with Hand in Paw

LJ’s story: At RMHCA, you’re never far from family

Four-year-old LJ is a lot like other kiddos you might know. She adores her siblings, playing with her friends and having fun. LJ’s mom, Joelle, says her smile and laugh are infectious. This was clear to us the day that the Fairview High School varsity girls’ basketball team visited Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama to bring LJ…

Nicholas Leaving Hospital

Nicholas comes “home” to RMHCA

Here at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama, we like to share updates when possible on how some of our families are progressing in their healing. We are happy to share some big news from Nicholas Welch! Those who have been following his story know that 13-year-old Nicholas found out in 2016 that he needed…

Tiffany Fontenot at the softball field

No More Air Mattress: RMHCA Provides A Safe Place For Tiffany

We’re often asked what Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama can do for families. For Tiffany’s family, we give them a safe place to stay when the alternative is sleeping on an air mattress set up in their family vehicle. Born premature, Tiffany fought through a heart condition, underdeveloped lungs and a submucous palate. She…

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