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The Brown Peete Family

When DaViano’s younger brother, Cameron, was diagnosed with leukemia, his family was unsure of what they’d do. The hospital where Cameron needed to go for lifesaving care was an hour away from their home— too far for them to travel each day. Thankfully, DaViano, his other three siblings, his mother and his grandmother were all able to stay together at a Ronald McDonald House close to the hospital.

“It was great to all be together when my brother was sick. When we visited him at the hospital, he was always smiling and happy to see us,” explained DaViano. Not only did the family have one another to lean on throughout Cameron’s treatment, but they also found support in other families that were staying at the House during that time. DaViano even made friends that taught him some words in Arabic.

“I had to switch schools while we were [at the House]. That was hard at first, but it got better. It was nice to have new friends and play video games like normal,” said while expressing his appreciation for the video games that were available to guests at the House during his family’s stay.

“They try to have so many activities for the kids and for the siblings, that I think it helps them forget: ‘okay, we’re going through a hard time but let’s just forget about that right now and have fun’,” shared DaViano’s mom Adelaida. And even when changes had to be made during the pandemic, the family was able to continue to stay together at the House until Cameron completed his treatment and they returned home 291 days after their arrival.

RMHC supported the Brown Peete family throughout the duration of Cameron’s treatment and he’s now cancer-free. Thanks to the support of people like you, RMHC continues to be able to provide kindness, comfort and care to families like theirs when they need it most.