Johnson Family Story: Being together makes everything better

Three-year-old Geonni Johnson has a huge heart and lots of spirit. Her mom says Geonni likes won’t say goodbye to you without lots of hugs and kisses first! So her parents knew something was wrong this past summer when that spirit started to flag. The family had been out of town for Labor Day weekend…

Christian in the hospital for his first round of chemo.

Family Story: Christian Leverett

In late July, most families are caught up in the back to school rush. In the Leverett household, mom Vanessa had no peace of mind. Her 6-year-old son, Christian, was about to enter the first grade but Vanessa noticed a strange knot on the back of his head. Something was telling her this was wrong…

Jasper Clark

Clark Family Story: Miracle Baby

Baby Jasper is a miracle. His mother, Alisha, thought she would never be able to carry a child of her own due to several health issues. She got the surprise of her life when she was at the ER earlier this year for a different reason. “One night I had a cold and went to…

Family Story: The Love Baby

Many of the families who come to stay at the Birmingham Ronald McDonald House never expect to be here. “You see the donation boxes in McDonald’s with the Ronald McDonald House on them, you drop your change in, but you’d never know it might be a blessing to you,” Shnika Love said. Now, Shnika knows…

Reed after his first heart surgery. Source: Family photo

Family Story: There’s always hope

Life is full of unexpected moments. For Cheltzey and Nich Clements, the first was finding each other and falling in love when they both worked at the same grocery store. Cheltzey already had a young daughter, Addalynn, but she and Nich knew they wanted another child. Last year, they found out the joyous news that…

The Horne family with former Tide player Eryk Anders.

Horne Family Story: Grateful for the people who make up the Ronald McDonald House

Our latest family story is from the Hornes, who traveled all the way from Fairhope so daughter Katelynn could see the doctors at Children’s of Alabama. RMHCA is grateful our House can accommodate families of five like the Hornes: Dad Brett, Mom Heather, and their kids Katelynn, Emmalynn and Keith! Our first stay at the…

CCHS students, Bridget Bond, the Vandiver family, RMHCA staff and McDonald's Owner Operator Debbie Martin and her business partner Rebecca Rippey at the Tuscumbia Pop Tab Party.

Guest families rally for RMHCA

It’s not uncommon for RMHCA guest families to meet and realize they’re from the same area of Alabama. Sometimes, they might even have known of each other before coming to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, as is the case with the Bond and Vandiver families. Even more amazing is how the Colbert County community…

D'Niah with hearts. Source: Family Photo

D’Niah’s Family Story

Did you know? Globally, more than 40% of the families served at Ronald McDonald Houses have a child in the NICU. D’Niah is one of those sweet babies. We’re honored to share her family’s story, as written by her mother, Commish. On Tuesday March 27, 2018 I went in for my routine check up only…

Trenton climbs the steps to the slide on our playground.

Family Story: Trenton

With a nickname like “Mr. Social,” you can imagine that 4-year-old Trenton Moore has never met a stranger. That may be why he decided to start life a little early at just 27 1/2 weeks. Just hours after birth, Trenton’s health unexpectedly declined and he was given a 2 percent chance of survival. This sudden…

Family Story: The Bond of Two Brothers

Brothers Logan and Colton Morgan have always been very close. They both play baseball and Logan also plays football. They may fight like cats and dogs, as siblings do, but at the end of the day they are each other’s best friend. On March 31, 2018 in their hometown of Butler, Alabama, parents Brandi and…

Miley and David enjoy time on the playground swinging

Miley’s Story: It’s all about family

It’s scary facing a cancer diagnosis. It’s disheartening knowing you’ve relapsed. While going through these difficult times, worrying about a place to stay should be the last thing on a parent’s mind. That’s where Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama steps in. This is the story of Miley and her guardian, David, two people who…

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

UPDATE: We are so happy to share that Quintarius has earned his high school diploma and six months to the day after his double lung transplant, he walked in his graduation ceremony at Brewbaker Technology Magnet School. Congratulations, Quintarius! His plans are to earn his bachelor’s degree and become a video game developer. The first…

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…

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