Purdy family boy with his black and white dog

Tracey Purdy

At RMHC, our families mean everything to us. Tracey Purdy, a member of one of our past families, reached out to share her story. Read it below:

“Blake was born in Geneva, NY, in November 2012. At a week old, he was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital. During his stay, Blake was diagnosed with non-compaction cardiomyopathy and we were told he needed a heart transplant to survive.

Blake’s father and I were able to stay at Ronald McDonald House on the 5th floor while Blake was in the hospital, which was a blessing. We both loved the fact that we could go visit our very sick son at any time of day. The staff in the House Within the Hospital and the Westmoreland House were very respectful and caring.

If I had to choose only one word to describe RMHC, it would be family. We still use RMHC from time to time, and it is always like a home away from home. We have gotten to know the staff and really enjoy seeing them each time we are there.

We live about an hour away, so having Ronald McDonald House within walking distance of the hospital is a blessing. Having a place where we can go to relax while our child is sleeping is such a huge perk.

We stayed upstairs at the House Within the Hospital until we were transported to a hospital in New York City. At three months old, Blake received a heart. Today, he still has other medical needs, but for the most part, he is a typical preschooler. He has a rare condition that makes his muscles weak, but he doesn’t let that keep him down”