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Heart the Houses

Home is with your family

Earlier this year, the Cohen family of Rolla, Missouri was preparing to grow. Noah and Judith, along with their daughters Liana (age 6) and Zoie (age 5), were all set to welcome a baby brother in June. While life in the midst of a global pandemic wasn’t exactly normal, Judith’s pregnancy was going according to plan.

All was going smoothly until Judith experienced complications around the 5-month mark, when she was diagnosed with complete placenta previa. After some time on bedrest, the condition became more serious. Then, on May 24, 2020 at 3:10 am, Jase was delivered by emergency C-section (almost six weeks early) and flown by helicopter to Springfield.

Early in Jase’s NICU stay, Noah researched the Ronald McDonald House. Immediately, upon stepping into the House, the Cohens were relieved to feel like they were in a “home-away-from-home”. Even with the pandemic’s challenging impact on House operations, the Cohens were so impressed with the Ronald McDonald House team. “We can’t say enough good things about the staff. They made things a lot easier on us.” And as a business owner, Noah was pleased to be able to set up a temporary office and work remotely from the Ronald McDonald House. After spending time daily with Jase in the NICU for touch-times, feedings and bath time, Noah and Judith looked forward to coming back to the House every day. With his parents close, Jase made great progress in the NICU and went home 31 days later. Big sisters Liana and Zoie were thrilled to welcome Jase home on June 24, 2020!

“I did a bit of research and found that if parents can be with their NICU baby, it helps them go home sooner. Living in Rolla, which is two hours away, would’ve made it very difficult to come down every single day. Thanks to Ronald McDonald House, we were able to be there for 95% of his touch-times. Our whole life was centered around being there every three hours for feedings and giving him baths. I think he went home sooner because of that.”

– Noah Cohen

Cohen kids

When you Heart the Houses, You Help Families Like the Cohens Stay Close.

When our generous supporters “Heart the Houses” and Adopt a Room, they make the Ronald McDonald Houses possible for the Cohen family and thousands of other area families. Every night our families find a community of comfort and hope at our two Ronald McDonald Houses in Springfield. By Adopting a Room for 2021 in one or both of our Houses, you are keeping families of sick children close to each other and near the care and resources they need.

The Heart the Houses Campaign is Presented By

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During a typical year, we help 800 families like the Cohen Family.
RMHC has been serving meals in the NICU, providing meal gift cards, and underwriting hotel rooms throughout the pandemic.
Cohen family

How to Heart the Houses

The “Adopt A Room” Program is a great way for you, your company or organization to Heart the Houses. With your gift, you will become a Ronald McDonald House Annual Room Sponsor and your name will be displayed on a special plaque near or within the room. Simply click here to donate online to our Heart the House campaign. You can also call 417-875-3505 to make a donation over the phone.

Below, you can find out more information about adoptable rooms at both the Ronald McDonald House Near Cox South and the Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Kids.

Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Kids Room Layout

RMHC at Mercy Kids floorplan

Ronald McDonald House Near Cox South Room Layout

RMHC near Cox South Hospital floorplan

Heart the Houses Donors

Ronald McDonald House near Cox South

Family Room: Aaron Day, American Glass & Aluminum, Inc – One Year
Living Room:
Playroom:
Playroom:
Kitchen: Corwin Dodge Ram Fiat – 6 Months
Daniel & Jessica Hutcheson, in honor of Jack Connolly – One Quarter
Dining Room #1: A Special Guardian Angel, in memory of John W. (Jack) Henry – One Year
Dining Room #2: A Special Guardian Angel, in memory of John W. (Jack) Henry – One Year
Family Living Center:
Office for Volunteers & Staff: James & Marcine Corlew – One Year
Family Care Managers’ Quarters: Dr. Roy & Terri Libel – 5 Months
Donna Powers – 5 Months
Main Entryway: Carl Ledgerwood, in memory of Gene & Corky Ledgerwood
Jeffrey & Melinda Fielder, in memory of Alexander
Laundry Room #1: Larry & Eileen Meinsen – One Month
Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, Lauren P. O’Reilly, Leigh A. Fisher & Ragan K. Thomson O’Reilly – One Quarter
Laundry Room #2: The Dover Family – Dustin, Tera, Aubree, Lyla & Kinsley – One Year
Bedroom 101: Room 101 Christmas Miracle Memorial Fund, in memory of Nurse Michele Byers
Donors: Kristy Barton, Marilyn Barton, Anna Barton, Khushbu Shukla, Megan Christian, Laura Cerny – One Quarter
Amy Grubaugh – One Month
Mark & Angie Patrick – One Month
Bedroom 102: Bonnie Atteberry – One Month
Ken & Tracy Coleman, in memory of Richard Coleman – One Month
Brett & Amy Sexton – One Month
Robert & Suzanne Israel, in memory of Jack W. Israel, Ed Israel, & Little Eddie Israel – One Quarter
Ryan Blumenstock, in honor of McDonald’s Manager, Erin Ogle – One Quarter
Ryan Blumenstock, in honor of McDonald’s Manager, Lisa Hernandez – One Quarter
Bedroom 103: Ryan Blumenstock, in honor of McDonald’s Manager, Tori Flood – One Quarter
Ryan Blumenstock, in honor of McDonald’s Manager, Deanie Gray – One Quarter
Ryan Blumenstock, in honor of McDonald’s Manager, Sara Burnham – One Quarter
Robert & Suzanne Israel, in memory of Ralph & Dulcie Israel and Paul & Lois Campbell – One Quarter
Bedroom 104: Noah & Judith Cohen Family – One Year
Bedroom 105: A Special Guardian Angel – One Year
Bedroom 201: A Special Guardian Angel – One Year
Bedroom 202: A Special Guardian Angel – One Year
Bedroom 203: A Special Guardian Angel – One Year
Bedroom 204: A Special Guardian Angel – One Year
Bedroom 205: Ronnie & Donna Ward, in honor of Lilly & Lucy Newberry – One Year
Bedroom 206: A Special Guardian Angel – One Year
Bedroom 207: Gayden & Catherine Wilkins, in honor of their grandchildren – Nathan, Jacob, Samuel & Madeline – One Year
Bedroom 208: Scott & Melissa Roush, in memory of Shelby Dawn Roush
Bedroom 209: Daniel & Jessica Hutcheson, in honor of Jack Connolly – One Year

Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Kids

Living Room:
Kitchen: Corwin Dodge Ram Fiat – Six Months
Bruce Hays – One Month
Dining Room: A Special Guardian Angel, in memory of John W. (Jack) Henry – One Year
Playroom:
Family Care Managers’ Quarters: A Special Guardian Angel, in memory of John W. (Jack) Henry – One Year
Office for Volunteers & Staff: Dr. Stuart & Christy Scott – One Year
Main Entryway: David & Stacey O’Reilly – One Year
Gathering Room: Bill & Dawn Hennessey – One Month
James & Marcone Corlew – 9 months
Laundry Center:
Computer Nook:
Family Locker Room: Bruce Hays – One Month
Bedroom 101:
Bedroom 102: Bonnie Atteberry – One Month
Sandra (Cookie) Witt – One Month
Bedroom 103: The Hembree Family – One Year
Bedroom 104: Gayden & Catherine Wilkins, in honor of their grandchildren – Nathan, Jacob, Samuel & Madeline – One Year
Bedroom 105: Ronnie & Donna Ward, in honor of Lilly & Lucy Newberry – One Year
Bedroom 106:
Bedroom 107:
Bedroom 108:
Bedroom 109:
Bedroom 110:

Supporting Contributors

Scott & Cindy Balisle Bea-Land, LLC (designated for Cox House)
Fred & Sharon Beaman (designated for Cox House) Roy A. Cash, in honor of Zoey Jean La Nore
Bob & Brenda Cirtin Julie Clark
Diana Cowan Don & Mary Cupps, in honor of J. Beverley Barnes
Gale Edwards Susan Foster, in honor of Elaine Foster (designated for Mercy House)
Tracy & Melissa Hall Bob & Laveta Houston, in memory of Tressia LuAnn Houston
Phil & Valarie Hutchens Tom & Staci Jensen in honor of their clients
Kappa Kappa Iota – Alpha Conclave Robert & Barbara Kipfer
Kevin & Gina Little Virginia Mais
Mark Mason, in honor of Jack Connolly Irma McCaskill, in memory of David Farnum
Kelley & Nancy McKenzie Brent Miller
Richard & Dava Miller (designated for Cox House) Bruce & Patti Moore
Rick & Sandy Mueller, in honor of Bethany Mueller Mindy Munoz
Adil & Vicki Na’ayem John Nipper
Our Lady of the Ozarks Catholic Church Mark Ringenberg
Brad & Kelly Risby David Sanford – Sanford, Lea & Associates
Tracy & Michelle Sloan Very & Nina Strong
Darlene & Lamont Swanson Tommy & Pat Taylor
Jim Traver & Mary Jo Augustine Mark & Suzanne Vert
Dr. Mai Vo Brandon & Hillary West
Bob & Debbie Williams Carl A. Wilson
Richard & Melinda Wilt

Contributors

Bob & Carolyn Bumberry (designated for Mercy House) Belva Brewer
Velma Ann Fotorny Pamela Gautreaux
Larry Grinstead Ron & Donna Jenkins, in honor of Gary & Lynne Ludlam and Family
Pat & Joy Kelly, in memory of Bennett Drew Stevens Dave & Cathy Ketterman
Greg & Sharon Landolt Jo McAlister, in memory of Porky, Bo & Gary McAlister
Gary & Sara McCrackin, in honor of Jacob McCrackin Brad & Serena McGinley
Mary Lou Rough Kyle Sargent
Brad & Julie Squires Jim & Ginny Westwick
Cecil & Katherine Wormington, in honor of Connor Smith