Mom and dad looking at their baby son

A Family’s Foundation: Logan’s Story

Thinking that they could not get pregnant, Payson, Arizona parents Lisa and Nick were ecstatic when they discovered they were having a baby. “He’s our little miracle boy,” Lisa said of her four-month-old son Logan.

Born at only 36 weeks with a heart defect, Logan’s journey to wellness has an uncertain road ahead. While the family patiently waits for him to grow strong enough to undergo heart surgery at Phoenix Children’s Hospital to repair the hole in his heart, they are finding the comfort and support they need at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona.

The atmosphere the House provides is something that has kept the family from dwelling on the stress of Logan’s medical issues. “As a parent, I hurt every night knowing my boy has a problem. It’s scary,” Nick said. “Love is the best doctor out there. The love you [the House] have given to our son and to us has really lifted us up. It has encouraged us to do more, not only for him, but for ourselves – emotionally and physically.”

The love that Nick talks about is what has left a lasting impression on the family, something that they can only describe as “above and beyond.” “It’s that agape love – the love that spreads beyond,” Nick said. “That’s what you do. You have that agape love for the families.”

Even during these challenging times, the House has been home for the family for over four months. And while they continue to wait for Logan’s heart surgery this June, they know that because of the dedicated donors and supporters of Ronald McDonald House, the love they feel will always be there for them and every family who calls the House their “home-away-from-home.”