Skylar, Lily, Kayla and their grandmother, Linda, were first introduced to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh and Morgantown when they stayed at Ronald McDonald House Morgantown. Skylar, 15, was having kidney issues that required her to be hospitalized. Shortly thereafter, she was transferred to a hospital in Pittsburgh for a kidney transplant evaluation. Just four months later, she received one.
While Skylar was in the hospital for her surgery, Lily, Kayla and Linda were only a few steps away from her, this time at the Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh. Staying there meant they could be by Skylar’s side the whole time. And even though Skylar is now home and back to school, this family of four continues to travel four hours once a month for her medical care, each time staying at the charity.
“From the very beginning the process was easy,” said Linda. “They tell you about the meals that are prepared by the volunteers, set you up with your linens and just help you get settled,” she added.
Nearly a year later, the Ronald McDonald House has become their “home-away-from-home.” “Every time Lily and Kayla walk into the House, they automatically look for the coloring books and then make a bowl of cereal. They know exactly where to go,” said Linda. So often, Linda is not sure how long they will be staying at the charity. Skylar’s appointments can vary and recently they had to make an unscheduled medical trip over the holidays. During this time, the girls were able to meet the characters from Frozen at a Ronald McDonald House holiday party. “It was so much fun for them,” said Linda. “They just make everything special,” she added.
The Ronald McDonald House has given Linda and her granddaughters the opportunity to be together throughout Skylar’s medical care. As Skylar continues her recovery, her sisters and grandmother will continue to be there. “It’s important for Skylar to have everyone be a part of this and at the Ronald McDonald House we can,” said Linda.