Little Lexi was in-and-out of the hospital from birth. “As a mom, you just know when something’s not right with your baby. Lexi would sleep 20 hours a day. She would struggle to breathe during feedings and turn purple. She would just stop breathing. One day, we were so scared we called 911 for an ambulance,” said Dawn, Lexi’s Mom.
Imagine frantically searching for answers to why your baby is struggling to eat, breathe and thrive. No one in your local medical community can tell you what’s wrong. “I just kept praying to God, please help me find out what’s wrong with my baby,” said Dawn.
Imagine frantically searching for answers to why your baby is struggling to eat, breathe and thrive.
Within 16 hours of arriving at the local emergency room, Lexi was referred to Michigan Medicine’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Following a CAT scan, Dawn overheard the neurologist say, “Oh my God, that’s the largest tumor I’ve ever seen.” Little Lexi’s massive tumor started in her tiny spinal cord, then expanded as it traveled upward into her delicate brain.
Lexi’s first brain surgery occurred two days later and took 18 hours to perform. She would go on to have yet another brain surgery. She endured an additional two-and-a-half year of intermittent chemotherapy, followed by another five months of radiation. That’s more than any human being should ever have to brave, let alone 2-year-old little Lexi.
Your generous support keeps families together during an unimaginable time, while their seriously ill children receive the critical care they so desperately need. You can provide families with a place to sleep and shower. Provide home-cooked meals and a place to do laundry. Just like home. But equally important, your support ensures families like Lexi’s receive compassion and encouragement with a warm smile, a hug and a listening ear for as long as they need it. All because of you
“We were trying to save our daughter’s life, without neglecting our son Brent. Ronald McDonald House was our place to be a family. It’s where we could spend time with our son. Take a nap. And be back by Lexi’s side within a 5-minute walk. They always went the extra mile to help take the worry off our shoulders,” said Dawn.
You can provide the comfort and support of a home-away-from-home for families like Lexi’s, while they seek medical treatment for their seriously sick children. Your generous gift will ease the worry and hardship for families when they need it most.
Kim Kelly, Executive Director
Please give your most generous gift today to help keep families together, where their hearts are, in our Ann Arbor home-away-from-home.