Family Guest Book
Read what our families are saying about the Ronald McDonald House or submit your own family's story.
Our family stayed many nights when my son was in treatment at Doernbecher for cancer. It was a godsend to have a place to rest next door to the hospital. At night, I could sleep in his hospital room while his Dad and siblings could sleep only a few yards away. We could afford to have the family together during the many stressful times. I remember one week when our son, Jimmy, had out patient treatments. We all ate together and played games, watched movies and slept together at the RMH. Those memories are precious to me now that he's gone. The RMH was so warm and welcoming. We are eternally grateful. God bless you. - Debbie Pantenburg
RMH helped me recover. Nearby treatment worked wonders, but it would have done nothing without the amazing support of the people at RMH. My then-new friends helped me a lot, and I like to think I helped them, too. Though it was the best present to leave on my birthday, I never would have been able to without the amazing people I met there. - Jessica L.
Our family stayed at the East house 3 times when our son Matthew was diagnosed with Hypoplastic of the Right Heart Syndrome. He has endured 3 open-heart surgeries and is now a happy healthy 8yr old. We couldn't have made it thru those difficult times if the RMHC wasn't available to us. God BLESS the house and all who work & volunteer there. We <3 East House! - Janette Lampert
The Waldron Family
After Mercy Flights flew my daughter from Medford to Doernbecher Child's Hospital, my son & I stayed at Ronald McD House while my husband stayed in Intensive Care with her. She was in hospital for 14 days before having brain surgery. This was such a scary tim for us & RM House was so peaceful, caring and welcoming. I am so grateful and thankful for helping us at this time. My daughter is recovering nicely at home! Thank you from my heart. - Debbie Waldron
Calypso Skye, Crater Lake National Park, born October 5, 2006 at 29 weeks. 4.1 lbs, she had Atrial Flutter (heart-electrical). We arrived in warm September, for an office visit. Pregnant, I was admitted. Unprepared to stay, my husband called in sick and slept on the floor of the ICU. I had emergency c-section at 29 weeks. Calypso stayed in the NICU for about a month, and my life is forever changed. I saw angels cry, and innocents bleed, yet my broken stiff heart and ugly rigid demeanor was cracked open during my time there. I was flooded with astounding emotions and I fell in love with the way things are. I fell in love with the miracles who share their stories here, for their hope. I fall in love with the ones whom have passed, for the bravery and strength of the parents who share. I fell in love with the ladies who care for the babies on their own. I fell in love with the many parents who have rediscovered themselves in the hallways of the NICU there, sitting with you, saying ..."you face your uncertain days, surrounded by miracles, just look, just feel. There is a gorgeous wind to carry you, to hold you and to give you strength to face the next new day. You are loved."
Calypso closed her medical file with Doernbecher a year later, also a year ahead of the doctor's best guess for recovery. Today she is ALIVE and vibrant, funny and quirky. Celebrated for her exuberant positive flow, her dream is to be a rock star. At 5, she plays guitar and drums and has given her preschool class a concert for show and tell. THERE ARE MIRACLES HAPPENING AROUND YOU, and miracles are real. - Sascha Hammerle
The Diaz Family
We are so thankful for Ronald McDonald House. It was such a blessing to our family in many ways! Our baby was going through procedures related to his condition. We stayed 3 days at the house where we felt support & the comforts of home. And we were able to be back & forth to the hospital easily.
Evan Van Sickle
I came to RMHC cause I had to have open heart surgery. I showed up Thurs Nov 3 2011 and was greeted with such love and support. My surgergy went well, I was released after 4 days in the hospital and I am back to my old self. I miss my daddy and my baby brother but I have been in loving care with my mom and Grandma and have been treated very kindly here while I heal. We came from Alaska and we have enjoyed our stay at RMHC. Thank you to everyone here.
Evan Van Sickle
Kayla Flanery - 3 Days
On June 1, 2011 I had eye surgery at Casey EYE Institute (OHSU). I was so grateful we could stay at the RMH.I was very nervous about having the surgery but staying at the RMH made it feel like I was just at home. I am so grateful that the RMH is there for families in need. Thank you RMH for making me feel welcome.
Kayla Flanery - Portland, OR
Each and every time we stay at the East House, we are treated very nice and with respect. That really helps out when you have a loved one in a nearby hospital. The house is very warming and comfortable. We enjoy all staff and volunteers. It really is a home away from home .... we wouldn't want to be anywhere else. THANK YOU Ronald McDonald House and Staff. - Danzuka Family
I am so grateful to have the RMH because it provided all the comforts of home and more. Elizabeth was born on 8/27/09, spent 6 weeks in the NICU at Legacy due to her CHD. The distance restriction was still 50 miles. We live around 45 miles away. Over the next 20 months there were many hospital stays. Liz was to have OHS in June of 2011. I just went on RMH by chance and was pleased to see 30 miles was the restriction now. Being able to stay close and get a good nights rest and meals took a heavy load off. We stayed at RMH for 12 days and I am happy to say Liz is doing wonderful from her full repair. Our family can not be thankful enough to RMH and staff.