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The Swaby-Parks Family

Austin and Tonika checked into the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City and stayed just down the street from their newborn daughter. Austin had to go back to work, so…
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The Jordan Family

The couple from Bellevue, Iowa was relieved to learn from a social worker about the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City. Now they wouldn’t have to travel hours each day…
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The Novinger Family

The Novingers lived in Davenport, Iowa so the opportunity to stay minutes away from Malaya meant the world to Mya, “I never thought I would be in the situation and…
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The Rausa-Neira Family

Spending so much time in the hospital can wear down parents. At times, Chris and Brittany just wanted to take a step away to re-group. Chris explains, “Day after day…
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April Volunteer Spotlight – Abbie Kamerzell

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The Gomez Family

To drain the fluid from her brain, doctors placed a shunt in Kysaura’s head and later performed a total of three surgeries. Karyna couldn’t be more proud of her daughter,…
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The Schuldt Family

While Harper began to improve under the care of great doctors and nurses, her parents were able to find a way to cope with the stresses of having a child…
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The Conrad Family

Out of the 160 days the girls stayed in the NICU, December was definitely a hard month on the Conrads. “Evelyn contracted a virus which set her back slightly, and…
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The Mueller Family

Since arriving at the St. Luke’s Family Room, Karsey couldn’t begin to imagine how she and Adam would have been able to see their daughter, “The amount of money and…
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March Volunteer Spotlight – Bri Bentler

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The Sanchez Family

Amelia’s mom Lauren packed up their van and made the 10 hour trip to Iowa City to finally get her daughter’s condition fixed. Arriving at the Ronald McDonald House, Lauren…
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The Berggren Family

Toby spent over three months away from home treating his eating disorder as well as anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). His mother Karen knows how lucky they were to have…
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The Williams Family

A couple of days after giving birth, Genell checked into the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (RMHC-EIWI) and it immediately uplifted her spirits, “The Ronald…
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The Strupp Family

The Strupp family live over an hour away from Cedar Rapid so Dustin stayed back home with their toddler August and Katie stayed at the Ronald McDonald Family Room to…
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The Hannah Family

Lyric was immediately placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. For mother Aisha, going back and forth to Maquoketa would…
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February Volunteer Spotlight – Larry Kaeding

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The Nelson-Kite Family

Knowing the club foot corrections could take some time, Adelene realized that financially they couldn’t have stayed in a hotel for a long period of time. “Being so far away…
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The Knapp Family

    With their daughter facing multiple open-heart surgeries, and the family facing months away from their home, they made plans to stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa…
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The Stonebraker Family

The Ronald McDonald Family Room at St. Luke’s offers three sleeping rooms, two shower suites, laundry, kitchen, dining and a living area. Rhiannon always felt welcomed during both of her…
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The Wilson Family

Without a place to stay and no means of transportation, Nicky turned to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (RMHC-EIWI) for help. “The Ronald McDonald…
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The Jones Family

Sydney and Kylainah stayed at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois (RMHC-EIWI) for a full month while Kylainah started treatment to correct her clubfoot. They…
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The Graczyk Family

The Graczyks face a long, uphill battle—but they do not face it alone. When they must travel from their home in Missouri to Iowa City, where Marissa and Jo-Jo see…
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The Lantz Family

In March of 2018, Hunter and his family began the journey that would lead them from their home in Adel, IA, to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital,…
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The Sanchez/Panduro Family

One day, however, Caleb was walking and he suddenly fell. The falls continued and though his parents did not want to believe it, they knew something was not right. When…
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The Geise Family

Carrie and Nathan have spent time between the NICU and PICU floors of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Carrie didn’t feel comfortable leaving the floor. She was…
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The Rickertsen Family

“The Ronald McDonald House was really my home away from home,” says Casie. The House in Iowa City gave Casie a sense of home and provided what she needed to…
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The Downs-Hafley Family

    Nannette arrived in Iowa City feeling a bit overwhelmed and apprehensive. With Marcelino in a wheelchair, she worried about navigating in an unfamiliar community and feeling at home…
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The Noel-Mobley Family

Thankfully, the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City was there to make sure that Allyson and Bradley were never far from Kaimahni and the financial burden of managing housing and…
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The Stewart Family

From the moment she walked in the door, the feel and environment of RMH gave Melissa a sense of normalcy. Melissa was grateful for the playroom, outside swing on the…
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The Recker Family

Three days after delivery, Trisha was discharged from the hospital. With one son at home 76 miles away and 3 new babies in the NICU, Trisha wasn’t sure how she…
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The McGovern Family

Cade’s symptoms, including feeding intolerance, epilepsy, and inability to speak have become a normal rhythm for the McGovern family. They have had multiple stays at the University of Iowa Stead…
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The Hull Family

The Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City alleviated some stresses.  Wendy, Landry’s mom, did not have to worry about lodging for the seven months Landry spent at the hospital. Wendy…
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The Rauen Family

Tom and Amanda were very thankful for the close location and home-made meals they received at the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City. “Being walking distance from the hospital was…
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The Murphey Family

The boys are very active and curious, so the Murphey’s appreciated the many common areas at the House where they could spread out so they didn’t become stir crazy in…
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The Reuter Family

Caitlin went to the Family Room at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital to relax. “Not having to leave the floor but being able to get out of…
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The Lentz Family

After the transplant, Rachel and Eva stayed in the hospital for two weeks to recover. During that time, Rachel’s mother stayed at the House with Rachel’s other two small children…
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The Kohn Family

“Monetarily, for a family that has been in the hospital as long as we have, that helps more than people know,” says father Chris. “Hospital food is expensive, plus it’s…
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The Tysdahl Family

SHELTER FROM THE STORM For the older Tysdahl boys, their time at the House felt like a vacation, Carrie recalls. “They got to play outside and pick out toys from…
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The Walker Family

At 5:30 every morning, Marcy would visit Beau and Genevieve before heading to her job, and as soon as the work day was over, she was back in the NICU…
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The DeWolf Family

    The couple found the little things provided by the Family Room sometimes made the biggest difference: meals prepared by volunteers meant the DeWolfs never had to worry about…
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The Hobart Family

    During her time at the Family Room, Nadine was forced to resign her job in the school district after she couldn’t take a reassignment. With her income slashed…
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The Phillips Family

    Between Family Room staff and volunteers, the Phillips found both the physical and emotional support they needed to start their new life as a family unit. Being able…
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The McMannus Family

    The Family Room also allowed the McMannus family to stay at their daughter’s side without separating from their two-year-old son, Sam. Being close to the NICU and their…
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The Robles Family

During the second round of therapy Mia was able to settle into a routine faster and lit up when she was able to settle into the sun room again. In…
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The Vargas-Crawford Family

    The Family Room quickly proved to be the perfect fit. Mitch was able to eat, shower and get ready for work while staying close to his daughter. When…
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The Crossett Family

    For John and Wendy, the Family Room lived up to its name in every way. Gathering in the kitchen and talking to other families allowed the new parents…
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The Briner Family

    Originally Chelia was apprehensive about using the Family Room and couldn’t bear to leave her daughter’s side. After the third day of constant vigilance, the nurses and Chelia’s…
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Kruckenberg Family

    The Ronald McDonald Family Room gave April an outlet to talk to other families, making her feel welcome and raising her spirits. Everyone she met had a different…
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