At RMHC, our families mean everything to us. Michael Yencer, a member of one of our past families, reached out to share his story. Read it below:
“On June 22, 2015, my wife, Brittany Yencer, was admitted to Strong Memorial Hospital with preeclampsia with HELP syndrome at a little over 25 weeks. Over the next couple of days, the doctors did what they could and on, June 25, 2015, Collin James Yencer was born at 1 lb. 2 oz. through an emergency C-section.
We live about an hour south of Strong in Livingston County, so when my wife was discharged from the hospital, we were offered the services at Ronald McDonald House, which is a very short drive from Golisano Children’s Hospital. Out first impression walking into the facility was “Wow, this is beautiful — like a five-star hotel.” One of the nicest things was to have a home-cooked meal offered daily, as you can get sick of hospital food and ordering out gets expensive.
Our stay at the NICU was 138 days and we used the house for about 100 days or so. It was so nice to have somewhere to stay so close to the hospital in case something did happen so that we could get to the hospital quickly. It gave us peace of mind.
When we no longer used the house, we were offered Ronald McDonald services in the hospital, which was also wonderful. If I had to describe RMHC in one word, it would be ‘fabulous.’
RMHC means a lot to my family. We have cooked twice now for RMHC to give other families that feeling of home like we had while there. We also have vowed to collect pop tops, and one collection was a full pickup full! Collin is now 1 and around 17lbs — he is a strong healthy boy. We cannot thank RMHC enough for their hospitality!”