The Alatorre/Villalobos family of Moultrie, Georgia is a frequent guest of the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville and has been visiting the House since 2008. Son, Daniel Alatorre, age 16, is in treatment for Ewing’s Sarcoma of the left clavicle at Shands Children’s Hospital, which brings them to the House regularly. The family is always happy to have a comfortable place to stay.
“When we first got here someone showed us where everything was in the House,” Daniel said. “It felt like home as soon as we got here.”
The fun the family had at the Ronald McDonald House also helped them to feel at home. Daniel, especially, liked playing Wii games with his cousin when they were not at the hospital. The Wii and games are available for families to use in the House.
Through their stays, Daniel and his family have been comforted by the fact that there were always people to talk to when they needed. The staff would discuss what the family was going through to ease their worries. The other families in the House also helped with emotional support and gave the children other kids to play and hang out with. They never got bored in the House.
The entire family has made very fond memories during their stays at the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville and wants others to know it is an amazing place with great staff and volunteers. The family will stay at the House in the future to continue Daniel’s treatment.