Two Super Heroes in the Family Now...
At 30 weeks into their pregnancy, Sara and Todd were so excited to get a 3D glimpse of their second child, a boy! And they were even more excited about the idea of sharing those pictures with 2-year old Sapphire, who was just weeks away from becoming a big sister. "Sara’s pregnancy had been perfectly normal up until the day of that ultrasound," according to Todd. "But the technician heard an irregular heartbeat, and that’s how we found out our son had a life-threatening heart condition."
Emilyne's Story in Her Words...
In 2012, Emilyne received an RMHC of Greater Las Vegas Scholarship. Learn about Emilyne's person story.
Ready, Set, Adoption!
Seven years, that is half the life of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas. For long time staff at the House, seven years can seem like it passed very quickly. But seven years of longing for a child is different. And after seven years of longing, Kylee and Brandon decided to adopt, to love and cherish a child entrusted to them. After waiting so long, they spent eight months in the adoption process and another 30 days waiting for final approval, anticipating several more months of waiting for a child. But suddenly, it happened. A baby boy was born, the final approval for adoption came through, and WOW! This birth Mom picked Kylee and Brandon and just like that, within days, they were parents!
“We started to cry; we were both so emotional. We were happy and scared too,” said Kylee. “We didn’t know much, just that he was breathing on his own.”
The late Fred Rogers once said, "Anyone who does anything
to help a child is a hero to me." I couldn't agree more. When my daughter, McKenna was about a year old, she battled through her first bout of pneumonia. At age two, she struggled through her second case of pneumonia. At age three; she was diagnosed with asthma and severe allergies. She was in and out of the emergency room several times that year. Age four brought another season of pneumonia, and another round of hospitalizations.
A Mother's Instinct
21-year old Shylo Taylor knew something was not right. But could all those tests be wrong? Several home pregnancy tests showed negative results. So, why did she look and feel pregnant? Wanting to be sure, Shylo went to see a doctor in her hometown of Bullhead City, Arizona, for yet another pregnancy test and yet another negative result! Amazingly, it wasn’t until Shylo was a full five months along that she decided to take one more home test – and it confirmed what mother’s instinct was telling her all along – Shylo was having a baby – her very first child!
But with the good news also came a scary revelation – Shylo had extremely low amniotic fluid levels and she was suffering from Placenta Previa, a medical condition in which the placenta blocks the cervix. It meant Shylo had a high-risk pregnancy that would require a cesarean-section delivery.
Baby Steven's Story
The Roland Family stayed at Ronald McDonald House for a little more than a month in March and April of 2012. When the Roland family recently came to stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Las Vegas, their newborn son, Steven, had just been diagnosed with a heart condition that would require surgery to save his life at just seven days old. His mother and father, Robert and Laura, both from the town of Sparks, in Northern Nevada, also brought their 18-month old daughter Georgia with them to stay at the House. Georgia’s smile and big brown eyes weren’t the only reasons our staff instantly fell in love with her. Her middle name, “Estrella,” means “Star” in Spanish, and like the stars in the night sky, Georgia lights up every room she walks into. It wasn’t long before little Georgia was running around the Ronald McDonald House like she owned the place, giggling, laughing and playing with the other children. But while little Georgia was happily distracted and had no idea that her baby brother was fighting for his life in the hospital, Steven’s parents had the weight of the world on their shoulders. With the family facing an extended stay in Las Vegas, Robert had to ask his employer back home for extra time off.
The Dynamic Duo
4-year old Leeland Shope and his grandfather, Robert Wall, are inseparable. So, when the youngster from Pahrump, Nevada, was diagnosed with Cancer, it was his Papa who brought him to Las Vegas for treatment and to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. And when the chemotherapy caused little Leeland's hair to fall out, it was Papa who shaved his own head so that the two would look just like each other.
This "dynamic duo" became familiar faces around the Ronald McDonald House during the time they stayed here during the last months of 2011 and the first months of 2012. Papa always offered to lend a hand to help the other families and staff around the House. And despite everything that Leeland endured during his many months of treatment, this happy little boy always had a smile on his face as he ran to hug his new friends at the House every morning and evening.