Category Family Story

Every Day with Elian

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Jesus and Leamsie have two beautiful sons: Elian and Adrian. And after spending 323 nights at the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota…they are thankful for every day they have together. Elian, their oldest, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain…

Growing with Evangeline

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Evangeline means good news. For mom and dad, Karissa and Ryan, the good news had complications…and came three months early. “Karissa was being seen for a routine prenatal appointment when she was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia,” Ryan said. “They transported…

Faith and Love

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When MaryAnn became pregnant, she was both happy and shocked. However, her doctor declared her a high-risk pregnancy and referred her and her wife, Sheila, to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “I was scared the whole pregnancy,” said MaryAnn. “But I…

Having Fayth

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Ashley and Moses were flying high – their daughter, Fayth, was born and she was beautiful and in perfect health. Two months later…their daughter was airlifted to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. She needed a new liver. Fayth was diagnosed with…

Walking with Hannah

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Hannah is very bright. She graduated high school when she was 16 years old and enrolled at Pearl River Community College (Poplarville, Miss.) three days later. Her dream is to teach science or art at a school for deaf children.…

Hailey’s Heart

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“Hailey is our tough, little bug,” said Tracie, Hailey’s mom. “Nothing is going to stop her – she is going to keep fighting.” Tracie was thrilled when she became pregnant with Hailey. Her anticipation grew with every appointment; she was…

Rachel in Rochester

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Rachel was born very premature—at 26 weeks—and spent the first 108 days of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Saint Marys. She has spent a lot of time in Rochester. During that time…the Ronald McDonald House…

Medically Complex Maddix

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Since seven-year-old Maddix was born, he has battled pneumonia, strep throat, seizures, acid reflux, migraines, apnea, feeding issues, breathing issues, and more. Doctors do not have one diagnosis—they have several. He is medically complex. And that is only part of…

Vision for Robert

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19-month-old Robert is the healthiest he has ever been. But it hasn’t always been that way. “When Robert was four months old, we discovered he was having issues—his eyes were cloudy,” said Betty, his mom. The family visited the hospital…

Miracle-Child Luis

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First steps. First words. First birthday. First day of school. Kids have many firsts. Very few have first…tumor. “Doctors said I wouldn’t walk again…” said Luis. “…if I lived.” His father, Hector, emigrated from Puerto Rico and lived in Chicago.…