06 Jul Vela Family Story
In March, the Vela family made the move from San Angelo, Texas, to the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth (RMHFW), just a little over 200 miles away. Little did the Vela family know, a House three hours away would soon become their “home-away-from-home” for 98 days.
Their son, Hunter, was diagnosed with T-Cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare form of aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. To receive the best care possible, Hunter would spend the next three months at Cook Children’s Hospital. Only 447 steps would separate Hunter from his family. Having a child in the hospital is no easy feat, but having a safe place to land at the end of the day makes all the difference. Hunter’s dad, Tony, recalls the House being full of “friendly, caring, loving” folks that “welcome you with open arms.” From “Ms. Kayla” at the front of the House to all the other families the Velas met, Tony says they “would not be able to weather the storm” without RMHFW.
-Written By: Madison Obregon