Love Notes

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

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The Jenkins Family

The Jenkins Family adopted Andrew from Hungary when he was 5 years old. He was born with a bone marrow disorder that required him to

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The Williams Family

Emma Williams was born in Iowa City at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, over 120 miles away from her home in Cambridge,

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The Meyer Family

Jake and Julie Meyer have a unique experience: they have stayed at two different Ronald McDonald Houses in Iowa. In 2017 the couple from Grinnell,

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The Gray Family

On November 7, 2020 during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Halie Gray gave birth to her daughter Esmie at just 31 weeks into the pregnancy. The

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The Fischer Family

Carolyn and Louis Fischer from Dubuque, Iowa knew ahead of time their newborn son Ray was going to have complications at birth. Doctors were projecting

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The Murray Family

Despite being an hour away from their home in Eldridge, Iowa, Dustin and Emily Murray felt part of a community thanks to the Ronald McDonald

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The Taylor Family

Sarah Taylor was in the back of an ambulance at 34 weeks pregnant on her way to St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Soon she

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The Kirgis Family

Jon Kirgis arrived at the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City by himself after his wife Michelle prematurely gave birth to fraternal twins Phoenix and

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The Boxleiter Family

One of the families we’ve helped during the past 35 years is the Boxleiters, who live in Dubuque, Iowa. After admitting their newborn daughter, Amelia,

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The Cerna Family

The day after being born with pulmonary hypertension, Hector Cerna Jr. was transported from Unity Point Methodist in Des Moines via helicopter to the University

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The Walker Family

Marcy and James Walker from Marion, Iowa expected to give birth to fraternal twins in June of 2016. What they didn’t expect was for baby

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The Haworth Family

Emily Haworth remembers seeing a sonogram of her son Nolan, “My husband Aaron and I gave him the nickname Little Lion because it looked like

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