Having a sick child and living in a hospital can have a strong negative impact on parents.  A recent study conducted by the Journal of Child Health Care assessed the different causes of anxiety and stress for parents of hospitalized children.  The overall resulting factors included the behavior and appearance of their child, separation from family,and the lack of comfortable housing facilities in hospitals.  The results from this survey further prove the importance and impact […]

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At 35-weeks pregnant, Renae Ballard and her husband Ben were given life-changing news: their unborn son, Brantley David Ballard, would be born with a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  This rare heart condition typically requires three major open-heart surgeries over the course of the child’s life, the first being immediately after the child is born.  The Ballard’s doctors recommended Renae give birth at Northside Hospital in Atlanta allowing them to be close […]

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At only 10 days old, Angelique Walker was diagnosed with Sickle Cell disease, a rare genetic blood disorder. “My initial reaction was shock and anger,” explains Angelique’s mother Alisha. “What did that mean for her?” The only cure for Sickle Cell disease is a bone marrow transplant. Desperate to save her daughter’s life, Alisha and her family were tested to see if their bone marrow was a match. Knowing how rare it is to find […]

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Mothers Sherry and Paige share a unique bond. Both from Tampa, Florida, they each have a daughter with biliary atresia, a very rare liver disease. Sherry and Paige were connected on Facebook through mutual friends a few years ago. Although they kept in touch online, they had never officially met in person until they bumped into each other at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “We are both from Tampa, so to have another friend in the […]

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Since our founding, Ronald McDonald House has provided a “home-away-from-home” to families with sick and inquired children. Families from all over the world have collectively saved nearly $2.5 billion in food, housing and transportation expenses. Thank you for partnering with us to foster hope and togetherness! Our amazing donors, partners and volunteers make this possible.

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