Love Notes

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 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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The Rufer Family

High blood pressure and elevated liver enzymes is the last thing an expecting mother wants to hear from a doctor. Stacey Rufer went into the

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The Young Family

Falling in love while abroad in China wasn’t something Andrew and Evelyn Young planned for back in 2013. Evelyn, a native of Brazil, was studying

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The Wessley Family

Early in her pregnancy doctors realized Teri Wessley wasn’t gaining the proper amount of weight. While Teri wasn’t admitted into the hospital, she had to

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The Jensen Family

Drexton Jensen was born two months early in Waterloo to Zack and Jocelyn Jensen via emergency c-section. Drexton had intestinal blockage at birth and required

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The Mally-Nawaz Family

At week 26 of Sienna Mally-Nawaz’s pregnancy, doctor’s diagnosed her unborn baby with a congenital heart defect which was going to require at least three

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