My first experience with Ronald McDonald House was five and a half years ago when my 15-year-old daughter became suddenly ill and was diagnosed with fulminant liver failure at Christmas. My husband and I had the opportunity of staying at the Ronald McDonald House inside Texas Children’s Hospital while she was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Even though her condition declined rapidly, she was fortunate to receive a liver transplant within two weeks of her admission. The Ronald McDonald House gave us a place to sleep and rejuvenate while remaining close to her during a very difficult time. This allowed us to focus on her care and make crucial decisions for her. As a Registered Nurse of 25 years, I have had the unique perspective to see what families go through and the support that they need, just as my own. Knowing that not every family will have a positive outcome motivates me to want to do more.
My daughter has grown into a strong, healthy woman now. Being a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House Houston is my way of supporting those whose shoes I have walked in. My hope is, in some way, to bring a little peace and comfort to those with critically ill children.
– Michelle Collins
Michelle Collins is a volunteer at Ronald McDonald House inside Texas Children’s Hospital, the same House where she and her husband stayed while her daughter received her liver transplant.