Family Stories

Rydell Family

SAVING GRACE

Can you imagine what it feels like to have your nine-year-old daughter become a stranger to you? As absolutely terrifying as this sounds, it was a reality for Paula Rydell and her family. Paula’s daughter Grace became a different person as a result of a rare condition she suffers from called Pandas, which is diagnosed…

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A CHILD’S STRUGGLE TO LEARN TO EAT

Michele and Eric Klinges of Clearwater were first-time parents and excited for their baby girl to arrive. Michele had gestational diabetes, so she and Eric were nervous about how this might affect their child. When Emily was born she was whisked away to the NICU while mom recuperated, and soon they headed home to begin…

Hemmingway family

A FAMILY’S OVERWHELMING JOURNEY

We often say that when a child is sick or injured, families spend all of their energy and resources on trying to heal their child. These are not just words, they are the truth of how so many of our families come to find themselves staying at a Ronald McDonald House (RMH). The Hemmingway family…

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Adoption Detour

In our journey to adopt our daughter, Jamie, my husband and I made a stop at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in St. Petersburg, and it changed our lives. We live in Pennsylvania, and we were overjoyed when we learned that we would be adopting a baby girl, who would be born in Florida. Luckily…