05 Oct Khatmullin Family Honors Son’s Memory With Acts of Service
Kate and Renat Khatmullin recently visited our Ronald McDonald House near Egleston bringing a large donation of nonperishable items to restock our pantry in loving memory of their son, Rafael.
“Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities was a huge help to us, allowing us to not worry about payments or meals,” says Kate, Rafael’s mother.
In January 2020, Rafael, at 17 months old, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Sadly, Rafael died in February 2022 at the age of 3. The Khatmullin family stayed at our Egleston House throughout Rafael’s treatment.
“It was such a peace of mind to be so close to the hospital. If Rafael came down with a fever or any serious signs of illness, we could quickly transport him to the hospital. Without Atlanta RMHC, we would have had to make the 90+ mile drive from our home in Byron, Georgia – it never would have worked.”
During Rafael’s inpatient treatment, the Khatmullin family also used our Ronald McDonald Family Room at Scottish Rite. “It was such a blessing to take a break from the hospital room and grab a cup of coffee,” Kate says.
Even though the Khatmullin family misses Rafael every day, they continue to bring joy to other families in his honor. Renat works at Middle Georgia State University, and the family’s generous donation was part of the university’s day of service.
“All of our happiest memories from that time took place at the Ronald McDonald House,” Kate explains. The family enjoyed taking the flowers donated by Mr. Tom and creating bouquets for other families. Rafael enjoyed drawing with chalk on the sidewalk in front of the House, and loved to be pushed around the House in the toy car. “Rafael loved to kick the ball up and down the hallway on the transplant wing.”
Kate described Atlanta RMHC as a big family and a place that truly feels like home. “The warm feeling you receive when staying at the House – it’s something money cannot buy.”
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