Fun Times for the Hicklin Family at the McDonald’s All American Games

It’s been a busy week for Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Hicklin family. From the McDonald’s All American Games players’ visit to our House near Scottish Rite on Sunday through the Games on Wednesday, Blaine, Ashley Grace and their parents, Tabetha and Warren, have been supporting and having fun with their players.

The Hicklins have been front and center during the 2019 McDonald All American Games, which benefits Atlanta RMHC. Ashley Grace has cerebral palsy and dystonia – a neurological movement disorder syndrome that affects the muscles in her arm and leg. A longtime guest at the House, Ashley Grace is in the Advanced Robotics Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Brother Blaine has been a glimmer of joy and laughter to not only the Hicklin family, but to the staff and volunteers at the Atlanta RMHC. Blaine always meets and greets others with a dance move and a smile. He is a burst of energy everywhere he goes.

Both Blaine and Ashley Grace helped judge the dunking contest at McDonald’s All American Games Jam Fest Monday evening. Their family was able to share their story when the All American Games Players visited the Scottish Rite House.

The Hicklin’s were also invited to VIP seats at the All American Games at the State Farm Arena. “My friends are going to be so jealous,” said Blaine.

Ashley Grace said, “It’s so cool seeing the players I met on the court.”

At the end of the night, Blaine and Ashley Grace received signed t-shirts from the halftime performers, Migos. It was a night to remember for the Hicklin Family.

Tabetha, Ashley Grace’s mother, enjoyed seeing her daughter and son having the time of their lives. “Ashley Grace used to have severe panic attacks, even the thought of going to the store would cause distress,” Tabetha stated. She continued, “Ashley Grace has made so much progress, and we are so thankful for the opportunity to be here.”