Home Away From Home

Leah Davis / April 6, 2019

When we first arrived at Rady’s we were offered the option of staying across the street at the Ronald McDonald House. At this point Blake was on life support and we knew we were in for a long haul. However, we declined as we live 15 minutes from the hospital and there were many other families from farther away that we knew could benefit. Our plan was to stay/sleep in the ICU room next to Blake and go home to shower and spend time with Scarlett. We did however get to utilize the Ronald McDonald House facility, had access to their playground and was provided meals during our initial 3-month stay and subsequent admissions. This charity is invaluable, especially to families with a child requiring long-term critical care.

My dear friends and colleagues from the San Diego Suicide Prevention Council (of which I am a member) have set dates to organize a team of volunteers to serve meals to current families at the Ronald McDonald House – all as #GoodDeedsForBlake. This recruitment and coordination is quite an undertaking – and hasn’t gone unnoticed. They have already completed 4 shifts in March, but there are 2 still open in April.

We are blown away that 20+ people have already signed up or dedicated their time in Blake’s honor. A huge THANK YOU to all of you who are participating and serving the families there now in their time of crisis. We understand their pain and know this means so much.

If you are in San Diego and would like to sign up for the 2 open/remaining shifts – I will post the link in the comments below.

#forevergrateful #ForBlake #teamblake

(Scarlett at the time of Blake’s first stay and most recent admission.) ❤️


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