Charlie Poole has touched our hearts as he faces the devastating disease known as DIPG with humor, strength and love. When his family checked out of our House, his mother left this note behind:
Dear friends at the Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati,
Our son Charlie has been a patient of the Cincinnati Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders clinic since April 2016, when he was enrolled in a clinical trial for patients with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). We initially stayed here at the Ronald McDonald house for six weeks, and have been coming back every month since that time. When we walk through those doors, it feels like coming home. We see families in the kitchen, children smiling, hear language from all over the world and open the doors to a very clean and comfortable room. The meals are delicious, and it means so much that we don’t have to make our son go out to get a nutritious meal when he doesn’t feel well.
It is hard to be so far away from home so often, but seeing familiar faces of the staff and volunteers helps immensely. There is always someone to talk to when times are tough, but also solitude in the library or meditation room when we need that. We miss our dogs while we are away, but the therapy dogs that come are a tremendous comfort. We have made friends with other families that go beyond our stay here. We have laughed together and cried for each other, as each family has their own set of difficulties personal to them.
We are not sure if we will be coming back to the Ronald McDonald here in Cincinnati, as the road we travel has changed. I do know “the Ron” will be forever in hearts. To the donors and volunteers, if you ever wondered if what you do is making a difference, let me assure you it has been life changing for us.
Fondly and with gratitude and love,
Lynda Poole and family