Six-month-old Chauncey was born with Chronic Lung Disease. He needed round-the-clock care and was hospitalized in the ICU at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. With home nearly two hours away in Newport News, Chauncey’s mom Shaunasee struggled with the thought of being so far away from her baby boy. That’s when she found out about Richmond’s Ronald McDonald House.
“The Ronald McDonald House took me in and the staff and volunteers treated me like family.”
Shaunasee utilized RMHC Richmond’s transportation. Guests are offered a free shuttle to and from the hospital throughout the day. “Transportation was a huge help to me during my stay. It was such a relief to know that even though I didn’t have a vehicle here, I wouldn’t need to worry and could see my baby every day.”
During her stay at the Ronald McDonald House, Shaunasee was given a private guest room with all of the comforts of home. The House can accommodate up to nine families a night, all with children receiving medical care at area hospitals. “I loved meeting the other families staying at the House. Many of them could relate to me and share great advice for moving forward,” says Shaunasee.
Chauncey’s hospitalization continued through the holiday season. RMHC Richmond has a partnership with Mason’s Toy Box, another Richmond-area non-profit. The group provides toys and gifts to all of the families who are staying at RMHC Richmond over the holidays. “I could not believe the outpouring of love on Christmas. Mason’s Toy Box gave me a much needed car seat and stroller for Chauncey. It was such a blessing.”
After a six month hospitalization with ups and downs but his mom by his side along the way, Chauncey began to show improvement and gain the strength he would need to be discharged from the hospital. Shaunasee would finally be able to bring her baby boy home. “I look forward to being at home but am so glad to know we always have a home to come to in Richmond if needed. I will always keep in touch with my new Ronald McDonald House family.”