Family Stories

Lakeisha Peterson

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Three-year old Sherrell was born with a congenital heart defect – hypoplastic left heart syndrome. She had her first open heart surgery when she was 10 days old. Her family has stayed at the Ronald McDonald House four times since Sherrell was born.

Staying at the Ronald McDonald House means a great deal to mom, Lakeisha Peterson. She can relax, shower and have a meal in a comfortable setting and not worry about driving back and forth every day.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where Sherrell receives her medical care, only has one shower for parents to use and sleeping in a recliner is not as comfy as the Ronald McDonald House beds.

“The House provides everything you need and the volunteers and staff are very nice,” said Lakeisha. “You can bring food and store it in the refrigerator for the rare days when a meal is not available.”

Lakeisha said that staying at the House is a big cost savings all around. “It would have been 100 times harder if I didn’t have a room at the Ronald McDonald House.”

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