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Ellie HomeWord B 2021

I’m Still Standing (Ellie’s Story)

November 2nd, 2021

When Brianna and Andy took their kids sledding in early March, they did not anticipate a fun family outing turning into a nightmare. Their seven-year-old daughter, Ellie, was riding downhill with a friend when their sled hit an icy patch and sent them full-speed into a tree. Ellie was unconscious, missing teeth and had an extensive leg injury. She was…


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TA Moms HomeWord A 2021

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

November 2nd, 2021

Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, Alex and family had to say goodbye to sweet Ava. With the family’s permission, we share this story, honoring Ava’s memory. When you look at the smiling faces of Jessica, Rachel and Alex (pictured above, left to right), you see three strong women with an unbreakable bond. They affectionately refer to themselves as…


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Allen Family

65 Nights, Infinite Love (The Allen Family Story)

November 13th, 2020

With 37 weeks considered a term pregnancy for twins, Kristyn Allen was ready to welcome her daughters into the world at 38 weeks. Braelyn and Brielle joined mom, dad Greg, and big sister Bailey on December 21, 2018. Kristyn had an easy delivery and both twins seemed healthy. Braelyn, “Twin A,” weighed seven pounds, three ounces and Brielle weighed five…


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Miles Pearson

Giving Back to the House that Became Home (Miles’ Story)

June 5th, 2020

On November 2, 2011, Lindsey and Rob Pearson welcomed Miles into the world. Arriving three months early, Miles spent the first weeks of his life at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah, Wisconsin. Eventually, Lindsey had to return to work on a part-time basis, and that’s where she was when she received the phone call that would turn the Pearsons’…


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Heuer Family

Braving the Unknown Together (The Heuer Family Story)

May 29th, 2020

A new treatment plan brought Grace to Milwaukee, but RMHC brought her so much more. Grace has a few favorite things she’s always happy to talk about – including her love of dolls, her friends, and favorite books. When you see her big smile and hear her mom’s laugh, it’s difficult to even picture a kiddo that couldn’t get out…


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Phan Family

Better Together (The Phan Family Story)

May 22nd, 2020

Seventeen-year-old Aja Phan and her mom, Sheila, are closer than most mothers and daughters. After staying at the Ronald McDonald House 12 times in 2019, with two stays of nearly 150 days each, it’s not difficult to see why. Aja was a typical high school freshman battling finals, preparing for the upcoming soccer season, when her family noticed she was…


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A Community of Courage (Grace’s Story)

February 15th, 2019

Grace (age 5) can be found in the Great Room at RMHC, with best friend Ashton, playing kitties, dancing or preparing for futures as superstar singers. It’s a beautiful sight: kids with complicated needs laughing and loving without complication. And it’s in stark contrast to a memory of Sara and Craig being told their baby only had a 50% chance…


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moore family

The Gifts of Joy and Courage (The Moore Family Story)

February 8th, 2019

In a sea of uncertainty, stress and health complications, Ashton and Sherry find support, courage and joy at RMHC. Greg and I have been blessed to have three beautiful daughters – Ashton (age 5), Amelia (age 2), and Avery (age 1). They all have such big personalities; seeing them together, it may be surprising to learn Ashton was born with…


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upton family

The Upton Family Story

February 1st, 2019

The Ronald McDonald House puts smiles on Jillian and Lydia’s faces as they go through treatment together. Amanda and Brent Upton are parents to two medically complex kiddos, Jillian (age 6) and Lydia (age 2). After Jillian was born, she was vomiting profusely and could not gain weight. Since then, the doctors have not been able to determine exactly what’s…


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A note from Josh’s dad (The Parker Family Story)

January 25th, 2019

Josh was diagnosed with leukemia at the end of his sophomore year in high school – a complete shock to the family to say the least. He was admitted to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and started his first round of chemotherapy immediately. My wife and I spent the first few days eating and sleeping at CHW before the suggestion of…


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