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Faith Grows with Baby Shepherd

When Stephanie and Noah Joyner found out they were pregnant with their third child, they were absolutely thrilled. Halfway through the pregnancy however, they discovered that the baby had a two-vessel umbilical cord instead of the standard three. Initially, doctors weren’t overly concerned, but at 32 weeks, doctors recommended weekly ultrasounds as well as other tests, as they had concerns …

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Unit of Four: Facing Challenges Together

As a military family, Eric and Cheryl Browning and their sons Darien and Connor are used to facing hard challenges and sticking together. Eric, who is stationed at Camp Lejeune, has been deployed to Iraq twice and was injured during his first tour by a blast from an improvised explosive device- a road bomb. But the Brownings faced their biggest …

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A Family’s Journey with Cystic Fibrosis

A child’s illness will often mean a journey for the entire family. Years of treatment, setbacks and triumphs will mark this journey. And sometimes, the journey is also marked by thousands of miles of travel. For Kyle Lane and his family, the journey has lasted more than 16 years and has taken them from New Jersey to Florida to North …

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Jordan’s Smile Lights Up the House!

Five year-old Jordan Greiner and her mom Lisa have called the Ronald McDonald House home for nearly a year since Jordan’s diagnosis with leukemia. After months of strange bruising and misdiagnoses, Jordan ended up in the hospital when she suffered severe complications from a hamster bite. Blood tests revealed that Jordan had advanced acute myeloid leukemia. Following an extended regimen …

Not your average teenager…

Sixteen is an exciting age. Younger teens look forward to this milestone in eager anticipation, the age when they can finally get a driver’s license, moving one step closer towards independence. But sixteen-year-old Paul Rader was preoccupied by a much more challenging milestone: oral surgery necessary to fix the effects of radiation treatments he received as a little boy. In …

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A Mother’s love…

“From the day he was born till diagnosis, I always knew there was something wrong with Zain,” remarks his mother, Amy.  “Within those years that we had no answer, there were developmental delays, behavioral difficulties, and many recurring physical symptoms.  Nothing made sense, as there was no condition I knew of associated with these physical and neurological issues.” It wasn’t …

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The Partin Family’s Story

Jimmy and Katherine Partin, a Marine Corps family stationed in Jacksonville, NC, never expected to spend weeks living at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, but they received devastating news when Katherine was 20 weeks pregnant…  Their unborn child had Spina Bifida.  The doctors gave them 3 choices: terminate the pregnancy, operate on the baby in utero, or operate …

The House that Love Built

Melissa Markham never imagined that the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill would impact her life so much. But now, she says that “RMH is alive with hope, compassion, and love; it is hospitality defined, it is equipped, it is safe, it is close, it is comfortable, it is the only part of our journey we wish for our daughter …

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A Constant in an Uncertain World

Dylan Zuege was only three years old when his seizures started. His parents, Karen and Jeff, were shocked by the severity of their son’s epilepsy. “He was having hundreds of seizures a day. At one point he was on four different medications but still having daily episodes,” says Karen. Dylan was quickly diagnosed with severe Doose syndrome, which is a …

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Brothers Fight Cancer Together

My name is Kathleen Henry and my husband Robert is the battalion S3 operations NCO for a Military Police Battalion. We have been stationed at Ft. Bragg since 2002. In 2008, just after turning 2, our son Collin was diagnosed with pre-B cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. My husband was deployed at the time and was sent home on emergency leave …