Meet the Moran Family

When Kristina and Michael’s twin girls, Abigail and Faith, were born four weeks early with

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Michael and Kristina holding twins Abigail and Faith with sons Braden (l) and Karsen (r)

respiratory distress, they figured they lived close enough to the hospital to not have to stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

After a few days of driving back and forth, their energy was spent and realized how hard it was to be home and away from their girls. They checked in to the Ronald McDonald House and were able to spend more time with their newborns.

“When I checked in to the Ronald McDonald House, I was an emotional wreck. Not from being nervous, but for being incredibly grateful.” – Kristina, mom.

While the girls stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit, Kristina and Michael were able to find rest at the House and balance their time between their twins and two sons, Braden and Karsen.

“The girls were eating every three hours. I felt torn with having two kids at home. Trying to do both was just exhausting and emotionally tolling. It was hard to commute back and forth every day. That’s why the Ronald McDonald House was a huge help. It helped with the girls and also helped with the boys because they could see me every evening. We would eat dinner together.”

During the twins NICU stay, the original thought was that Faith would be discharged sooner, but Abigail and Faith decided they needed to stay together. They both kept having episodes of apnea, a temporary pause of breathing.

On the 13th day in the NICU and Kristina and Michael’s seventh night at the Ronald McDonald House, they were able to take the twins home on heart monitors.

“Truthfully, being close to the girls by being right across the street was the best part of my stay at the Ronald McDonald House; not having to worry about the little life details…”

Today, Abigail and Faith are still on monitors but doing better than ever at home with their proud big brothers and parents.

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Incredible Kids Who Blow out Their Candles and Make a Donation

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Kids across the world look forward to one day a year that’s dedicated to celebrating themselves: birthdays! Birthdays are fabulous; presents, cake, friends and family celebrating solely YOU. Well, we know some pretty encouraging kids that turned their special day from focusing on themselves to focusing on others:

1.) Julia Kilgore

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In lieu of presents for her 9th birthday, Julia asked for donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga. She raised $540! Along with the monetary donation, the Kilgore family also donated WebKinz stuffed animals.

2.) Caden Walling

ImageInstead of presents for his 8th birthday, Caden raised $50 to donate to RMHC of Chattanooga. He said, “I just wanted to help other people.”

3.) Ava & Olivia Scotchie

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Ava and Olivia Scotchie are a double team when it comes to helping families. For the past three years, they’ve asked their friends to make donations to RMHC of Chattanooga instead of gifts. They’ve raised a total of $1,193!

We hope these kids have inspired you to pay it forward as well. If you share… it becomes contagious too! Pass it on and help families at Ronald McDonald House today.