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A Family’s Special Place: Sadie’s Story

July 1, 2020

She is described as the “sassy queen” of her family – “Don’t call her a princess because she will correct you,” mom Heather said. But countless appointments, surgeries, and treatments have become normal activities for two-year-old Sadie. With breathing issues since birth, brain cysts, and other symptoms, doctors are still trying to determine a diagnosis and treatment plan for Sadie, which also means many trips for the family from their home in Bullhead City, Arizona to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

But even with too many medical appointments to count since she was only two months old, Sadie, with her spunky attitude, chooses to see the situation differently. That’s because each trip to Phoenix also means a visit to a very special place – Ronald McDonald House.

“What I will remember most about all of our time and visits to Ronald McDonald House is the absolute love they share,” Heather says, “The smile on my daughter’s face when we pull up and she knows this is some place fun and special.”

Beyond providing a comfort for Sadie, the House makes sure that her entire family is by her side in support. “These Houses are a savior for us,” Heather said. “I want you to know that it is something special, almost magical. For the fleeting time, or extended time, that you are there, it feels like home and you feel loved, safe and cared for.”

While Sadie continues to receive the integral medical treatment she needs, her family knows they can also count on the care and love they need at the House, a priceless feeling for Heather. “When you are putting all your energy into making sure that your child feels that, it’s nice to have that feeling for yourself. Between the volunteers, the staff, the meals, the playgrounds, the safe environment, it really is home for us.”

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