Connor’s Story

When seven-year-old Connor needed specialized medical attention for behavior and coping skills, doctors referred him to Cumberland Hospital for Children in New Kent, Virginia. Connor’s mom, Karyn, was eager to get Connor the care he needed, but this particular hospital was 1,130 miles from their home in Leavenworth, Kansas. Connor’s hospital stay would be for three months and Karyn was faced with the challenge of finding safe, affordable, close accommodations for the duration of his hospitalization. That’s when she found out about Richmond’s Ronald McDonald House.

While Connor received inpatient care at the hospital, Karyn was given overnight accommodations, home-cooked meals prepared by volunteers, and all of the comforts of home so that she could focus on what matters most: her son’s wellbeing. “As soon as I walked in the door, I felt right at home. It was clean and everyone was so friendly.”

Karyn noted that one of the most special things about her stay at the Ronald McDonald House was the bond she formed with another family staying at the House. “I was able to form my own support system here with the other families and the staff members. I became close with another mom, Ashley Lunceford, and we were able to share stories about our days in the hospital. We were able to help each other in the really tough moments. We got through our day-to-day struggles because of the support we received from one another.”

“Without the Ronald McDonald House, I would not have been able to afford to stay in Virginia for this extended amount of time; I would not have been able to see my son. The House allowed me to care for my son and be a part of his treatment,” said Karyn.