Two brothers embracing on sidewalk.

We could still sit down as a family every night after being at the NICU

Brothers found their place at RMHFW

“Although you never want anything to happen to your child, Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth eases some of the hospital stress and makes it possible to concentrate on taking care of your family.” – The Troxel Family.

The Troxel family arrived in Fort Worth from Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls March 10, 2017 after their daughter, Adalyn, was born premature at 32 weeks and 6 days. She needed oxygen, an IV and a feeding tube. The family was informed Adalyn would need to stay in the NICU until she was able to breathe and eat properly. With no family in this area or local connection, the family, consisting of mom, dad, and Adalyn’s two older brothers, had nowhere to stay. They were referred by their social worker to stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. The family spent close to two months here while Adalyn overcame her health issues.

Upon arriving to the House, the Troxel family’s transition into being away from home became much easier. Mom, Melissa, says, “The staff was very friendly and helpful while the accommodations were comfortable and homey.” Plus, the House provided Adalyn’s brothers with something to do while mom was tending to her. The boys were often seen by our staff along dad’s side. They would be playing in the playroom, climbing around the playground or beating dad at Xbox in the game room. They loved all the activities the House provided. Melissa recalls the boys participating in almost every activity offered: therapy dogs and horses, movie nights, bingo, superheroes, princess visits, Rangers games and student volunteer activities. At one point, the two brothers even requested, “to stay a long long time.”

As a military family, the Troxel’s have been stationed all over the country. They expressed how hard it was going through a medical emergency away from their support system. Melissa says, “RMHFW helped fill that gap while our family was uprooted and made it possible for our family to stay together while we needed to be close by the NICU.” Most importantly, “The ability for us to be together as a family is priceless; RMHFW was our only option to maintain a somewhat normal family life.”

Their favorite memory from being at the House were the meals supplied by our Meals from the Heart program. It was nice after a long day of running back and forth from the hospital for them to just sit and have a meal already prepared. It gave mom and dad such a relief to know they “could still sit down as a family” and enjoy one another. They treasure the memories made over the dinners the volunteers provided for them.

Although, the Troxel family’s time at the House was a short stay, it impacted their family tremendously. “We cannot ever be sure why we go through what we go through in life but I always tell people that there is a reason. We may not know that reason for many years but someday we will be able to share with a family our experience at RMHFW and what it has meant to us. Thank you to all of the staff at RMHFW and all those who donate to make RMHFW possible; all your hard work and dedication is worth it. May God bless you for all that you have done for our family and all the families at RMHFW.”