Meet Our Families

Met With Open Arms – The Witte Family

Met With Open Arms – The Witte Family

“When we were discharged from Spectrum, we didn’t know what to do. We didn’t feel comfortable being at home and trying to commute with his respiratory issues. RMHWM is a charity we knew about and never thought we’d need, but they opened their doors to us.”

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A True Lifesaver

A True Lifesaver

When Katherine “Kate” Ferguson’s daughter Niviah was accepted into an intensive pediatric program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, she didn’t know that the Ronald McDonald House was an option. Before finding the RMHWM, Kate thought she would have to sleep in her car.

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A Happy Toddler – The Quinonez Family

A Happy Toddler – The Quinonez Family

Ahmiracle’s birth was just that – a miracle – unexpected but welcome. She was born on October 10, 2018, three months early at just 15 oz. Early complications led to an extended stay (198 days) in the NICU at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

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Keeping Us Together – The Klastow Family

Keeping Us Together – The Klastow Family

Like many second time moms, Lindsey Klastow didn’t expect an emergency C-section at 31 weeks into her pregnancy due to preeclampsia. Not only was she facing recovery from the unplanned surgery but also a long commute between her home in Ludington, MI and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital where baby Emmitt (born at 1lb. 9oz.) was growing stronger.

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A Place to Call Home – The Theobald Family

A Place to Call Home – The Theobald Family

Jilleanna Theobald never expected to be away from her home in Cadillac for six months. But when she was, she couldn’t imagine being at a better place than the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan (RMHWM).

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Striving for Normalcy – The Gordier Family

Striving for Normalcy – The Gordier Family

Our family lives in Brimley, Michigan which is 16 miles from the Canadian border. The Upper Peninsula is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, but due to the isolated nature of the area, we lack many medical and psychological services.

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Whatever It Takes – The Brimer Family

Whatever It Takes – The Brimer Family

“Staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan has been a huge blessing to my family and has made it possible to be able to get my son the care he needs.” – Jennifer Brimer

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Far From Home – The Willard Family

Far From Home – The Willard Family

On December 13th last year, Sean and Amber Willard came to Grand Rapids to meet with leading oncologist Dr. Giselle Sholler, who is Head of the Pediatric Oncology Translational Research Laboratory at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Their 5-year old daughter, Natalie, was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma in February 2016.

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Comfort and Care – The Watkins Family

Comfort and Care – The Watkins Family

The Watkins family from Dowagiac, MI found the care they need in Grand Rapids. Fourteen-year-old Kenia has been receiving medical care at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s hematology/oncology program and rehabilitation services through Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

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An Early Arrival – The Lang Family

An Early Arrival – The Lang Family

The dilemma faced by parents Cassandra Lang and Thomas Augustine is unfortunately not an uncommon one; how to stay close to their child experiencing medical or mental health challenges.

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One Head on Collision, Two Families, 54+ Nights – Johnson/Foster Families

One Head on Collision, Two Families, 54+ Nights – Johnson/Foster Families

It was a late October day in Sturgis, MI (St. Joseph County), when fifteen-year old Dayton Johnson and his best friend, thirteen-year old Asher Foster, took out their dirt bikes for some outdoor fun. That fun turned tragic when the boys had a severe head-on collision, causing traumatic brain injuries, multiple facial fractures and broken bones for both boys.

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