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In the spring of 2018, Peter and Marissa Connolly of Branson, Missouri were expecting identical twin boys, Finn and Jack, due in August. Sadly, they lost Finn in April; and this triggered premature labor for Marissa. Then, after three weeks of bedrest for Marissa, Jack was born over 16 weeks early on May 6, 2018, weighing only 1 lb, 13 oz.

At the beginning of Marissa’s hospital stay, Ronald McDonald House Happy Wheels volunteers shared information about the House. She didn’t realize it was a “home-away-from-home” for families. Peter toured the House and felt comfortable right away. It was the perfect place for their 3-year-old daughter Adalyn to take a break from the hospital, burning energy in the playroom and playground, and taking some great naps. The House also provided a place for Marissa and Peter’s parents to stay while visiting from out of state to help care for Adalyn.

Help Kids Like Jack Stay Close to Their Families

The Connolly family counts the Ronald McDonald House as an incredible blessing. After spending 100+ days with Jack in the NICU, they were thankful to end each day with a homemade meal and a comfy bed in close proximity to Jack. During their stay at the House, Adalyn celebrated her 4th birthday. The Ronald McDonald House team was happy to host her birthday party, inviting special guests like Jack’s NICU doctor and nurses at Adalyn’s request. During their long stay, the Ronald McDonald House provided comfort to each member of the Connolly family. For Peter, Marissa and Adalyn, it truly served as a “home-away-from-home.” For baby Jack, it allowed his family to stay close. The House enabled his Mom to devote her attention to caring for his needs, and allowed Jack to build a flourishing relationship with his big sister Adalyn and his grandparents. The Connolly family is happy to report that Jack is thriving at home now, with a smile that lights up the room.

When our generous supporters Heart the Houses and Adopt a Room, they’re truly making the Ronald McDonald Houses possible for the Connolly family and thousands of other area families. Each year, more than 800 families find a community of comfort and hope at our two Ronald McDonald Houses in Springfield. By Adopting a Room 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.

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