Betty Lou, our Chief Happiness Officer, joined Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities one year ago this month. She’s been bringing happiness and love to our families, volunteers and staff ever since! Recently, we had a sit down, or rub down if you will, with Betty Lou to learn more about her role.

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Last year my daughter Willow began experiencing high fevers and a lack of appetite. Doctors thought she had a bacterial infection and treated her with antibiotics. Two months later, Willow was experiencing the same symptoms. On January 31, 2018, an X-ray confirmed my worst fear. Willow’s enlarged spleen indicated she had cancer.

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Saturday, January 13th, changed the Parsley family forever. Ten-year-old Coleton Parsley was enjoying the snow, sledding on a family farm, when he tumbled from his sled and struck a utility pole. Coleton was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and underwent extensive surgery. He suffered from a skull fracture, six broken ribs, a bilateral hip fracture, and a torn ligament in his neck. After three weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Coleton […]

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Six months ago our 11-year- old son Andrew had surgery to remove a brain tumor. After spending weeks in the intensive care unit at Egleston, Andrew was transferred to Scottish Rite and hospitalized for another month as doctors worked to stabilize him. While they were successful in removing the tumor, Andrew no longer has a pituitary gland or functioning hypothalamus. He would need therapy to relearn to walk, dress himself and other daily functions we […]

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Within the Audi Southern Region, we wanted to do more by embracing the premise of giving back. At Audi, we are all individuals with varying backgrounds, situations and interests, but our desire to give back to our community brought us to Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities, allowing us to help families whose children seek medical care at the local hospitals. As a group, we feel extremely blessed for what we have. Our health, our families […]

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