Luke has needed medical care his entire life. He was born with a disease that prevented his lungs from developing. He literally outgrew them. His medical care is in Pittsburgh, 300 miles from home.
Luke and his family have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House since his double lung transplant six years ago. Sometimes they stay for one night, other times for days or weeks at a time. For their family, RMHC has become so much more than a place to stay. It is a place that keeps their family together when Luke needs to be far from home. It is a place that makes the healing process a whole lot easier.
Ronald McDonald House is a place where I can relax before and after I have to see my doctors. We stay at the Ronald McDonald House when we drive to Pittsburgh for appointments, procedures, tests, and infusions. My family stays there when I am in the hospital. It is important to me because I love my family and they make me feel better when they are close by.
Ronald McDonald House is a place where we can sleep when I have to come to Pittsburgh to get better. We either drive there for 6 hours or we fly there. It feels like my home in Pittsburgh. It is fun at the Penthouse because you can play video games, watch TV, read books, go on the computers, and talk with the staff. Ronald McDonald sits in the front of the building when you walk in. I have been staying here since I was 9 years old and got my double lung transplant. Sometimes we are only there a few days, but our longest time there was 101 days. Some years I am at the Ronald McDonald house more than I am at home.
My best memories are when we get free tickets to the Pirates games, Steelers games, and the Penguins games. Sometimes you get to meet the Steelers players and the Penguin players. I also get to meet other kids who have heart transplants, kidney transplants, intestine transplants, liver transplants and lung transplants. I like to meet other kids like me.
-Luke age 15