That’s what Allen, 14, big brother to Celine, 12, remembers thinking when he, his sister and their parents first came to the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. That was a whole year and a half ago.
Every family at the House is here because they have a child being treated for serious illness, and that illness affects the lives of every other family member, too. One great thing about the House is that it is here for the whole family, keeping parents and siblings close while their beloved daughter, son, brother or sister wages their battle against illness.
Volunteers and donors help families here by providing things many of us take for granted, like getting to see movies in a theater, or celebrating the seasons and holidays. Celine, for one, is ready to catch up with her schooling as soon as she’s able, and a bit jealous of all the fieldtrips Allen gets to go on as a student at the Hutch School. “We do go on a lot of fieldtrips,” he says. “We’ve been to Seattle Art Museum, and rock climbing for starters.” Two fun memories the siblings share are the Christmas Eve Cruise and visits to the House from the Seahawkers and the Blue Thunder drumline.
What is it like being a teenager and living away from home and friends for so long? “I miss my friends the most,” Allen says. “I miss my house and my own bedroom,” says Celine, “but I’m always glad to make friends at the House.”
Allen loves and worries about his sister. “I’m glad we’re able to be together as a family through this, even though it is very hard sometimes.”