Ronald McDonald House Helps Two Families Find Irreplaceable Frie - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Ronald McDonald House Helps Two Families Find Irreplaceable Friends

Posted: Updated:
  • Also on KHQ.comMore>>

  • Ronald McDonald House Spotlight

    Ronald McDonald House Spotlight

    Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane provides temporary lodging, comfort and support for families with children accessing medical services in Spokane.>>
    RMHC Spokane has 3 central programs, all designed to strengthen families and promote children's health in our region. Ronald McDonald House Spokane provides a "home away from home" for out-of-town families with children accessing medical treatment in Spokane. The Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Sacred Heart Children's Hospital provide a place for all families to rest and regroup right at the hospital while their children receive treatment.
    >>

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane's Ronald McDonald House gives many families an opportunity to stay somewhere accommodating, affordable, and safe, while their children are being treated at a nearby hospital for various diseases.

Although there is not usually a lot of time for socializing in between hospital visits the Allred and Vasquez families became fast friends at the Ronald McDonald House, and have helped each other through countless up's and down's.

Jessica and Jake Allred brought their daughter, Isabella, to Spokane from Montana after she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August.

Starting in December, they started staying at the Ronald McDonald house.

Wili and Matt Vasquez brought their son, Damon, to Spokane from the Tri-Cities close to 100 days ago when he too was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

"We spent some time in a motel before we got here which was pretty tough," explained Wili. "When we got here we were very thankful to be here."

And, when these 2 families met each other, they found even more to be thankful about. For example, their children truly connected, and for that they were very thankful.

"When Bella was in the hospital, Damon missed her," explained Wili. "He asked for her every day until she came back."

Wili also explained that when Damon plays with Isabella, his spirit is noticeably lifted and he "forgets he's sick at all!"

"Just the way they look at each other, you can see it in their eyes," explained Jessica of their connection. "When Bella gets back from a hospital, Damon just greets her with a big hug."

The Allred's and the Vasquez's also help each other through the every day struggles of being away from home and caring for their children. They cook and eat together, and spend essentially any time outside of the hospital with each other in the Ronald McDonald house.

"It's helpful to have good people in the battle with you who get it," explained Wili. "They get how terrifying a 99.4 degree temperature can be for an immune-compromised kid."

And even though they are excited to head back back to their respective homes, they don't anticipate this will be a friendship that ends when their stay at the Ronald McDonald House ends. They now see each other as not just friends, but family.

"It was not expected," remembers Wili. You put your head down and figure out what you need to do to get through it and be there for your kid, but I don't see how I would be able to do this wihout them."

"We got a whole new life here," explained Jake. "It'll be weird not having our family just down the hall."


  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane man intervenes in terrifying case of road rage

    Spokane man intervenes in terrifying case of road rage

    Thursday, September 21 2017 2:23 AM EDT2017-09-21 06:23:54 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A terrifying case of road rage could have gotten much worse if it hadn't been for a total stranger. The man went from a spectator to a participant in a matter of seconds. Once James Williams saw there were kids involved in this potentially dangerous situation, the former Marine Corps. medic said he had to do whatever he could do to help.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A terrifying case of road rage could have gotten much worse if it hadn't been for a total stranger. The man went from a spectator to a participant in a matter of seconds. Once James Williams saw there were kids involved in this potentially dangerous situation, the former Marine Corps. medic said he had to do whatever he could do to help.

    >>
  • Family, friends remember artist killed in I-90 crash

    Family, friends remember artist killed in I-90 crash

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 11:13 PM EDT2017-09-21 03:13:49 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - When Ryan Foster received the tragic news about losing his sister in a crash on Interstate 90, he couldn’t believe it. He was all the way back east in Jersey City, New Jersey, and got on a plane as fast as he could "Just shock, disbelief. I mean there's still a great deal of it, but at this point it's just about remembering her," said Ryan. 24-year-old Michaelanne Foster is being remembered as a talented artist and a loving and caring sister.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - When Ryan Foster received the tragic news about losing his sister in a crash on Interstate 90, he couldn’t believe it. He was all the way back east in Jersey City, New Jersey, and got on a plane as fast as he could "Just shock, disbelief. I mean there's still a great deal of it, but at this point it's just about remembering her," said Ryan. 24-year-old Michaelanne Foster is being remembered as a talented artist and a loving and caring sister.

    >>
  • Coeur d’Alene Police search for armed robbery suspect

    Thursday, September 21 2017 9:35 AM EDT2017-09-21 13:35:12 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d’Alene Police are searching for an armed robbery suspect who entered a grocery store demanding money from the clerk at gunpoint. The robbery occurred around 9pm Wednesday at Jordan's Grocery in the 1000 block of N. 15th street. The suspect male entered the store with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk who removed all the cash from the register and gave it to the suspect.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d’Alene Police are searching for an armed robbery suspect who entered a grocery store demanding money from the clerk at gunpoint. The robbery occurred around 9pm Wednesday at Jordan's Grocery in the 1000 block of N. 15th street. The suspect male entered the store with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk who removed all the cash from the register and gave it to the suspect.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Deputies warn of warrant scam: new name, slightly different story

    Deputies warn of warrant scam: new name, slightly different story

    Thursday, September 21 2017 6:55 PM EDT2017-09-21 22:55:15 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Crime Check have been receiving reports of the “You have warrants” scam again.  They want you to know anytime someone calls you and demands payment (prepaid credit card, money, personal info) for a warrant or threatens your arrest, it’s a scam.  Law Enforcement or other government agencies will not do this. This time, the predatory scammers are attempting 

    >>

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Crime Check have been receiving reports of the “You have warrants” scam again.  They want you to know anytime someone calls you and demands payment (prepaid credit card, money, personal info) for a warrant or threatens your arrest, it’s a scam.  Law Enforcement or other government agencies will not do this. This time, the predatory scammers are attempting 

    >>
  • JUSTICE FOR BABY MALIKI: Joseph John Davis sentenced to life in prison

    JUSTICE FOR BABY MALIKI: Joseph John Davis sentenced to life in prison

    Thursday, September 21 2017 5:31 PM EDT2017-09-21 21:31:13 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Joseph John Davis has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of Baby Maliki. Davis will serve 15 years fixed and then have the possibility for parole. Baby Maliki was found with severe trauma to his skull and brain back in August of 2016 after being in the care of Davis, his former stepfather, for just 20 minutes.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Joseph John Davis has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of Baby Maliki. Davis will serve 15 years fixed and then have the possibility for parole. Baby Maliki was found with severe trauma to his skull and brain back in August of 2016 after being in the care of Davis, his former stepfather, for just 20 minutes.

    >>
  • Facebook to release Russia ads to Congress amid pressure

    Facebook to release Russia ads to Congress amid pressure

    Thursday, September 21 2017 5:29 PM EDT2017-09-21 21:29:36 GMT

    NEW YORK - The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence panels are praising Facebook's decision to provide thousands of ads bought by a Russian agency to Congress. Rep. Adam Schiff of California and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia say the contents of the ads will aid them in their investigations of Russian interference in U.S. elections, but also that the move is just a first step. 

    >>

    NEW YORK - The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence panels are praising Facebook's decision to provide thousands of ads bought by a Russian agency to Congress. Rep. Adam Schiff of California and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia say the contents of the ads will aid them in their investigations of Russian interference in U.S. elections, but also that the move is just a first step. 

    >>