The Hayward Family

Emmerson was born premature at just 28 weeks and 5 days gestation. Briana and Cameron Hayward were transferred from Allen Hospital in Waterloo to UnityPoint Health- St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He spent two months in the NICU and was diagnosed with BPD/CLD and needed to remain on oxygen. They learned that Emmerson would […]

The Hoeger Family

Rochelle Hoeger and her daughter Jasmyn were exhausted from traveling back and forth from their home in Dyersville, Iowa to Iowa City for outpatient treatment. They explored staying at hotels, but that option would be expensive over the course of Jasmyn’s treatments. After some research they learned about the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City […]

The Marks Family

Those who stay with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois become a part of a family that lasts a lifetime. The Marks Family, who stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City in 2012, formed lasting connections while at the House that have stayed with them throughout the years. […]

The Phelps Family

Mikai was born with double inlet left ventricle which affects the valves and chambers of the heart. This means he only has one working pumping chamber in his heart, essentially leaving him with half of a heart requiring long surgeries for a newborn. Mike and Ashley Phelps thought long and hard about which hospital would […]

The Walker Family

2022 It has been over 6 years since twins Beauregard Lee and Genevieve Rose were delivered by emergency C-section more than 16 weeks ahead of schedule at just 23 weeks and 4 days. Marcy and James Walker found themselves juggling work, newborn babies, and trips to the NICU. Marcy recalls sleeping on a hospital bench […]

Ceci & Family

Cecilia (Ceci) may only be 16 years old, but she has gone through a lot in her lifetime. Born with Spina Bifida, Hydrocephalus, and a lengthy list of other diagnoses, Ceci takes 15 different medications a day to stay healthy and out of the hospital. She has undergone 76 major surgeries and often must travel […]

Alisha and Dallas

Spending multiple weeks away from home for outpatient treatment can be challenging. Luckily, Alisha Moffett and her son Dallas learned that the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City was just minutes away from the Center for Disabilities and Development. Alisha, a single mother traveling over 80 miles from their home in Waterloo, Iowa, was grateful […]

The Wood Family

Chloey Wood was on her way to work when she immediately felt something was wrong. She was pregnant and terrified something had happened to her baby. Chloey and her husband Austin were transferred from their home in Waterloo, Iowa to UnityPoint Health- St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  Their daughter, Gabriella, was born 12 weeks […]

The Kaufman Family

Taylor and Levi Kaufman found comfort in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke’s Hospital when their son, Leo, was born at just 26 weeks. Leo spent 85 days in the NICU, and Taylor spent 80 of those days in the hospital by his side. The couple were 60 miles away from home and […]

The Carlson Family

Chad Carlson’s bear hunting trip was put on the back burner when his wife, Lindsay’s, routine prenatal appointment turned into an emergency procedure. The couple from Ottumwa, Iowa, learned that their baby was having complications, and he would need to be delivered at 33 weeks and five days. Their newborn son, David, spent the next […]