Meet the Hardwick Family
“I feel like the Ronald McDonald House is truly a second home to our family. We’re so grateful for an organization that provides an atmosphere that makes that true.”
“We spent 40 days and 40 nights – which sounds like a joke, but believe me, it wasn’t – at the hospital. They try very hard to make it a comfortable and welcoming place, and they do a good job, but it’s still a hospital,” Nicholas’ mom, Elizabeth, recalls.
“We stayed at the Ronald McDonald House so our family could be together, and just being away from the constant bleeping of monitors to be able to sleep! It was a lifesaver.”
After their initial visit, Nicholas’s family returned after he developed a seizure disorder and later required ear tubes. 5:30 am hospital check-ins would have required Elizabeth to drive in from the Oregon Coast at 3:00 am, but instead, she and her husband, Damon, were able to stay right next door.
“We really value the opportunities to meet other families when we’re at the House. We met a family from the Bend area who has a little girl close to Nick’s age who also has Down’s, and we must have spent an hour in the kitchen sharing experiences! It’s been a huge comfort to have the normalcy of a community to come home to.”
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