The Wallace Family

The Wallace family at the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey

“My son, Asher was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma at age two. We arrived at Wills Eye
Hospital with no idea how we would cope with what was ahead. Our New Patient Advocate put us in contact with RMHSNJ. When we arrived at the House, there was a remarkable difference in Asher’s demeanor. He began to play like a kid again.

We had been in cramped hotel rooms with the two toy trucks we had brought on the flight from Alabama. Asher saw the other children and began to socialize. I can honestly credit the House with his mental health after the trauma of cancer treatment.

My wife and I had eaten from vending machines and convenience stores for nearly a week. We sat down across from one another with real food on real plates with real silverware and real adults to talk to that were empathetic to our situation. I just cried. I couldn’t believe how lucky we were! Our child was fighting for his life and we were broken and distraught, but I couldn’t believe how lucky we were.

We have met so many families through RMH that we are still dear friends today. We met so many volunteers who give their time and talents to make the world a better place for strangers. It has restored my faith in humanity.

As I look back on our journey, I cannot imagine going through it without RMHSNJ.
We love you all with all our hearts!” Mark~