The Stout Family

 

When Camden was born, he needed the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UnityPoint Health St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Living in Cedar Falls meant that to visit their newborn son Mike and Ashley Stout would have to travel 120 miles roundtrip everyday until Camden was discharged from the NICU. While making that trek back and forth is possible, it’s not ideal for new parents who are dealing with the stresses of having a baby at the hospital in a city an hour away from home. Mike and Ashley simply wanted to be by Camden’s side while he recovered from a complicated birth.

From the day Mike and Ashley arrived at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke’s, they didn’t know what tomorrow was going to bring. The doctors would discuss optimistic test results one day, and the next day Camden’s results were concerning. They weren’t quite sure what was wrong with Camden, but it was obvious he was going to be staying in Cedar Rapids more than just a few days. The Ronald McDonald Family Room provided everything Mike and Ashley needed while doctors and nurses cared for Camden. Mike explains, “We didn’t have to worry where our next meal was going to come from because the Family Room had something for us every night. Sitting down to enjoy a nice meal while being steps away from Camden was an incredible feeling.”

The Stouts would be the first to admit that they never expected to need the service of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Even before Camden was born, Mike and Ashley were huge supporters of the charity, “Mike has supported RMH the past 10 years through various fundraising events including running with Team RMHC for several Chicago Marathons” said Ashley. “We were actually planning on participating in the 2019 Red Shoe Run in Iowa City, but Camden had different plans for us and showed up earlier than expected! That’s okay because it was a blessing and now we are even more involved with RMH thanks to Camden. We love giving back to an organization who was there for us in every way, shape and form.”