Hi I am Radek LaRose
Along with being premature, I had some other health issues that needed to be addressed. My mom and dad were very nervous but were always right with me, in part due to the help of Ronald McDonald House.
Here is my mom’s story……..At my twenty week ultrasound the doctors noticed a mass growing on the baby’s lower right lung which was diagnosed as BPS (bronchial pulmonary sequestration) and I was told when he reached 5 months of age he would need surgery. As a new mom this was a lot to take in! Knowing that my new baby had to stay at the hospital when we live over an hour away, it was a relief when The Ronald MacDonald House took us in with open arms. This house is run by volunteers and through donations. It has 40 rooms that house families that have children in the hospital. It’s a place that makes you feel like you are at home. Every morning you have a hot breakfast in order to get you ready to spend the day at the hospital and when you come back there is dinner waiting for you . They provide you with a beautiful room and bathroom, tv , Internet , toiletries and a fully stocked kitchen. There are different rooms to relax in such as a theatre room , games room , comfy living room and even a large kitchen where you can cook and have a family dinner. This was especially nice since Radek was born at Christmas and we were there for the holidays. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to be. On Christmas morning we woke up with a gift basket at the door for Radek made up of all the donations they receive, not only was it amazing to see the love and support but it helped us get through the hard times. After four weeks we were able to go home with our baby boy. Knowing we had to come back for the lung surgery, the Ronald MacDonald House welcomed us once again with the same hospitality and support .
Please help support the Ronald MacDonald house by donating something from their wish list.
As you can see from the photo, Radek is enjoying his time on the beach, just waiting to get big enough to give the rest of the Reef Warriors a run for their money on the waves (especially Uncle Cam!)
Love the LaRose family