Trust and Comfort
The Botley family home is in Lincolnville, Maine, a 12-hour drive from their “vacation home.” That’s what Jean calls the Ronald McDonald House of Danville. For the last 8 years, the family has stayed at the House 2-3 times almost every year while son Noah undergoes surgeries for fibrous dysplasia. Jean recalls that Noah was 7 going on 8 when he was diagnosed. He now has his driver’s license.
Jean’s eyes are misty when she says she couldn’t imagine those years without the Ronald McDonald House and staff.
For her, there is a trust and comfort in the support the staff gives. Dad Richard loves down time in the kitchen, cooking for the family and, often, the House. Last night he spent hours sharing experiences with another Dad. Noah cherishes the fact that he can recuperate in the House instead of a hospital bed while doctors access his progress during his hospital visits. Younger brother J.R. says he finds the environment comforting; he can relax despite the circumstances.
Today, Jean started her day early, went to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, read the newspaper, and caught up with a staff member about what’s new in her life – just like being home with family. You might not guess that Noah is scheduled for another surgery later in the day.
While the Botley family has formed a strong bond with the Ronald McDonald House staff, the feeling has been mutual. They are House guests who, in their daily lives, pay it forward even while staying at their “vacation home.”