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…

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…

Kendall’s Cheering Squad is By Her Side

If you were to think of YOUR story .. where might it begin? Kendall’s begins long before she was born and as you will learn is a story that almost didn’t happen. Kendall’s parents, Laura and Frank got married in 2007. They knew very early only that Laura had Poly cystic Ovaries and conception would…

Get to Know Red Shoe Run Team, Super Cooper

Join us as we get to know one of our 2017 Red Shoe Run Teams, Super Cooper. We sat down with team captain, Rebecca, to ask her a few questions. See what we found out below! Tell us about your team. What’s behind the name “Team Super Cooper?” This team was formed in memory of…

The Most Horrible Day of Our Lives – Krista’s Story

The Hamilton’s have been involved with McDonald’s for what seems like their entire lives. Content and Rusty have owned McDonald’s in the Birmingham area for many years. Their family has always been actively involved in the community and always supported Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama. In 2016, their involvement with the charity changed. It…

My Child Has Cancer – Mollie’s Journey

On any given summer day in Alabama, you can find kids playing with the sprinklers, enjoying a slip-n-slide or hanging out at the neighborhood pool. When temperatures are high and school is out, there’s no better way to spend your time. That’s just how 5-year-old Mollie was spending her time in late July. The Ford’s had…

Nicholas’ Family Comes to Visit

We previously shared a day in the life of one of our guests, Nicholas, with you. This 13-year-old boy is staying with us while he waits for a heart transplant. While you saw what his typical day is like, we wanted to share some special moments, too. A lot has changed in Nicholas’ life over…

Nicholas’ Day

Nicholas Welch is not your typical 13-year-old boy. Until 3 months ago, he would have said he was just a normal kid, but on July 26th, 2016, his life took a turn. It was on that day, after 6 hours in the ER, he learned he would be going to Children’s of Alabama via an…

“He’s like Me” – Penny’s Story

When Penelope, ‘Penny’ as her friends call her, was told she would have to come to Birmingham for therapy, she didn’t know what to expect. Not many 9-year-olds would. Penny and her family live in Hobbs, New Mexico, a fifteen-hour drive by car from Children’s of Alabama, where she would receive her treatment.  None the…

Jashawn’s Story

At just four months old, Jashawn Howard started showing symptoms of being sick – his skin was pale, his eyes were weak, and he had labored breathing. Concerned, Rashundra, Jashawn’s mom, immediately took him to the Emergency Room at Phoenix City Medical Center. The doctors in the ER ran a series of tests, but were…

Close to Family, Close to Hope, Close to Healing

Victoria Johnson, Farriah’s mom, shared the following story with the Ronald McDonald House. When we realized we would have to make the 2+ hour drive to Children’s of Alabama for Farriah’s multiple surgeries, countless therapy sessions, and constant doctor appointments… we were left in disbelief. It seemed impossible. How were we going to do this?…

The Mitchell’s Game Plan

In 2012, Corey Mitchell was diagnosed with PNET Ewings Sarcoma, a very rare cancer. The news came just a few days before he was to start the 6th grade in Woodland, Al. He had spent the summer as many southern boys his age had — playing summer baseball. But his family began to notice that…

Keeping Faith with Family

When Alicia was pregnant with her fourth child, her first daughter, she was so excited! She loved her little boys, but a little girl would be the perfect addition to the family. With each ultrasound and checkup during pregnancy, she was told everything was going as expected. The doctors did not expect any complications, but…

All in it Together – Kate’s Story

When Kate was four-years-old, the Winter family adopted her from China. The first four years of her life were not picture perfect, but after two heart surgeries and the lengthy adoption process, she was starting a new life in America.  Kate was a wonderful addition to her new family. With 3 older sisters and an…

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