Maverick’s Story

When baby Maverick was born earlier than expected, he needed to stay in Johnston-Willis Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit until he grew strong enough to come home. Without a car and with home more than an hour’s drive from the hospital, his mom Gabrielle turned to Richmond’s Ronald McDonald House for help. She utilized the overnight accommodations and was provided with daily transportation to and from the hospital. “RMHC helped me be close to my tiny baby.”

Staying at the Ronald McDonald House meant Gabrielle could be at the hospital with Maverick every day. She was able to be an integral part of his care team, celebrate each milestone, and be his loudest cheerleader.

For a month, Gabrielle would call RMHC Richmond home. “Each night, I would come back to a meal prepared by volunteers. It was so helpful. I spent Thanksgiving here and it was so nice to not be alone. It felt like we were all one big family.”

Luckily, baby Maverick was released from the hospital and able to go home just in time for Christmas. “I never wanted to find myself in this situation, but you all have made it so much easier. RMHC felt like home.” says Gabrielle.