Waylon’s Journey

The Rummel family shares their journey

My husband Austin and I are very blessed. We are happily married with 3 wonderful children. Our medical journey with our son started in 2018. I was pregnant with our 3rd child, our beautiful son Waylon. We found out at our 20-week ultrasound that our baby boy was very sick. He was diagnosed with a severe cardiac defect, Transposition of the Great Arteries, Cleft lip and Palate. Our lives were completely flipped upside down and our hearts were broken. We endured many trips to Pittsburgh the rest of my pregnancy to ensure Waylon was getting the best care and monitored closely. Many long trips to and from as we’re almost 3 hours away. That’s when we learned about Ronald McDonald House. From the time I first spoke with Ronald McDonald House when I was 8 months pregnant until the day we checked in when my son arrived on December 12th, 2018, you guys gave me so much support and comfort. You assured us that we would be able to stay there in Pittsburgh with my other 2 daughters as a Family. My son was born at West Penn hospital and immediately transferred to Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh for his 1st emergency surgery. When my son was born, he was very sick, and we found out he had many other health conditions. We stayed with you for almost 3 months while my son fought for his life. I will never forget the kindness and generosity of the house and all its workers. You guys were absolute angels. In the scariest times of all of our lives, mine, my husband’s, and our 2- & 3-year-olds, you guys made the most terrifying experience manageable. From providing comfort for our kids with the playroom and special events. I’ll never forget sitting in the family room watching my broken-hearted little girls dance with Elsa and Anna and other kids and see them smile when life was falling apart you guys made their day so special. You guys made Christmas so special for our family when we couldn’t be with ours. You provided us with amazing meals and snacks. It was an absolute blessing to be so close to our son and be able to still be close as a family. I’m forever grateful for The House and the help you provided us.

Now almost 3 years later we still have ups and downs, and Waylon still has a journey ahead, but we have the comfort of knowing we always have a place to call home should we need to during his stays at Children’s hospital.

With love,
The Rummel’s