Darcy's story

Darcy is no stranger to our Ronald McDonald Houses.  

When he was first diagnosed with bone marrow failure at seven years old, Darcy and his mum, Karli, stayed at our Ronald McDonald House in Newcastle while receiving treatment at the hospital.  

Now thirteen, Darcy is a familiar face at our Tamworth House, taking a break between weekly tests and blood and platelet infusion appointments. 

“The House has been a place where we can take some time away from the hospital and have some normality," said Darcy's mum, Karli.  

“We can spend some time on Darcy’s school work, watch a movie or sit out in the sun and pass the many hours of waiting anxiously for blood results.  

“It means we don't have to sit in the hospital for eight-hours a day every week – it's a greatly appreciated escape for us.”  

Not only has Darcy and his family frequented our Tamworth and Newcastle Houses, they've also been welcomed guests at our Ronald McDonald Family Retreat in Forster – a place where families can take a break and spend some much-needed time together.  

 “The Retreat was a wonderful get away. It gave us a chance to enjoy happier times as a family and appreciate some time on the water – a change of scenery from our country hometown. 

"I don't know what our family would have done if it wasn't for the Ronald McDonald House Charities."

Having a clean, warm and welcoming space so close to the hospital during what is a worrying and stressful time, as well as somewhere our family could escape to in the Retreat, has been invaluable. 

This September, individuals, schools, gyms, and businesses will be joining forces, taking part in Ride for Sick Kids and raising crucial funds to help us to keep our doors open, so we can support hundreds of other families, just like Ariyah's. 
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