Family Stories

We’re there for families so they can be there for their child

By providing a home-away-from-home during times of need for countless families, we fulfill our mission of improving the health and well-being of children. We encourage those impacted by RMHC to share their stories. Here you will find personal stories from families whose lives have been changed because of their stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit.

Please call our office at 313.745.5909 to share your story.

The Baidoo Family

“We are the Baidoo family, Mom, Dad, and three boys, Ethan 11, Ryan 9, and Zane 6. We want to share our story and hope that it inspires you to…

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The Dermyer Family

Michaela was born with a congenital heart defect called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. During a routine appointment when she was 3 years old, her doctors in Lansing started, and then stopped, a…

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The Brown Family

In August of 2019, Maria, age 18, and Mary, age 10, and their mom and uncle flew from Spanish Town, Jamaica to Detroit so the girls could undergo a series…

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The Irvin-Walkers

Hannah Irvin and Jonathan Walker have lived in the Detroit area for several years. Here they had their first daughter, Aurora, age 11 months, and Hannah worked in food service…

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The Hudson Family

Melvin, age 3, was the victim of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound that left him under doctor’s care at Children’s Hospital of Michigan from May until August of 2018. During…

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The Miller Family

Maggie and Justin Miller live in Davison, Michigan with their daughters Celia, age 10, and Mira, age 5. When their daughter, Mira, was born in 2014, she was rushed to…

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The Johnson Family

At Ronald McDonald House Charities Detroit, we rely on donors of all levels to make a home away from home for the families of critically ill and injured children. Sometimes,…

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The Schultz Family

Christie Schultz has a bright smile and happy demeanor. When she talks about her family and her time spent at the Ronald McDonald House in Detroit, her eyes light up….

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The Walker Family

Gabriella Walker, now a healthy, vibrant 4-year-old girl, got a rough start in life when her lungs could not function properly after birth. During the time she was hospitalized, her…

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The Berlin Family – Lisa and Hailey

Hailey was born in Bad Axe Hospital in 2009 with several, severe medical issues. She was immediately sent by FlightCare to Saginaw where, after a few scary days of touch…

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The Manning Family

“We’re all connected and we’re all a family” On March 20, 2016, Camden Irene entered the world. She was the third daughter born to Andrew and Vanessa and she was…

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Jessi and Anna Hudacek

“You all are my heroes” Jessi was diagnosed with brain cancer in the spring of 2015. We were referred to Children’s Hospital of Michigan for her treatment. Jessi and I…

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The Berger family

A Grateful Family… Our tall, athletic, and cheerful eight year old daughter Gabby had just started her first week of third grade, and our small family of four (Mom, Dad,…

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Jerry Guirey Family

“It’s all about the House” It all started quite innocently in 1994 as me and 3 of my High School mates got together one fall afternoon to play golf. We…

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Aimee Cowher

Aimee Cowher’s – A Mother’s Story of Courage and Love: Recently, I had the privilege to address the Board of Directors about my experience at the Ronald McDonald House of…

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Summer and Erin Maley

100% Better It’s hard to tell Summer all about who her Dad was. I try every day – but there aren’t words sometimes. I made a big quilt, patched together…

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The Szott Family

When the Szott’s son Shane became extremely ill due to an e-coli infection, the Szott family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for 28 days. Within the first 48 hours…

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Lakeisha Peterson

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…

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