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The Ronald McDonald House: 'A home for you'

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Jocelyn Carr and her mother KoLiss. Jocelyn Carr and her mother KoLiss.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Ronald McDonald House in Spokane is home to many children battling different forms of cancer, and many families who give birth to premature babies, but 10-year-old Jocelyn Carr thinks that this house should actually be called "a home for you."

In early July, Jocelyn had to be transported from her home in Plains, Montana to Spokane because she had Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare disease in which her immune system broke down parts of her peripheral nervous system.

"Jocelyn was paralyzed from the waist down," explained Jocelyn's mom KoLiss. "Her respiratory system shut down a week later and she had to be intubated."

After weeks in the ICU, Jocelyn now spends hours each day doing rehab and physical therapy, learning how to do things like walk and write again.

"They work on my arms, I bake, and sometimes I dress myself," explained Jocelyn of her intensive rehab sessions. Sometimes she even takes Zumba classes.

Even though Jocelyn spent most of her time in the hospital and now in rehab, she and her family are very thankful for their space at the Ronald McDonald House - especially because her mom gets to cook for her there.

And, lucky for Jocelyn, her prognosis is just as positive as her attitude.

"Kids with cancer [at the Ronald McDonald House] take a longer time to get better...I think that I'm lucky," she said.

Jocelyn is scheduled to go home to Montana very soon.

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