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Family Stories

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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The Martin Family in the Secret Garden

“Every day with our kids is a gift:” The Martin Family Story

October 5th, 2017

The Ronald McDonald House keeps the Martin family together through any challenge that comes their way. Nathaniel was three, hospitalized again, in rough shape with no clear treatment plan. His parents, Tammy and Doug, were worried, worn down, and without direction. Then Tammy was approached by a friend with urgent encouragement: Don’t give up. Looking back, pregnancy was not easy…

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A photo of a family with baby in the hospital

Zylah’s Story

April 6th, 2017

Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, the Green family had to say goodbye to their sweet girl. With the family’s permission, we share their story and honor the memory of baby Zylah. Zamiyah, Zariha, and Zaliyah know the Ronald McDonald House as well as they know their own home. The girls gleefully trip over one another to reach the…

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Jacob and Daniel Jolivard

Daniel’s Story

November 21st, 2016

Last Christmas, Junior Jolivard opened the door to his guest room at the Ronald McDonald House, preparing to face another day since his son, Daniel, had been admitted to the hospital two months prior. Instead, he was greeted with an unexpected sight – gifts for his family, and more at the door of each family staying in the House. Being…

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