Where would we be without McDonalds?
My question refers to,
a young friend of mine,
who is in intensive care,
in a childrens hospital in Dublin.
He has fought leukemia since Christmas,
and luckily received a bone marrow transplant,
from an amazing young girl, a stranger in the USA.
All was looking wonderful for a while.
And then a virus took hold of my young friend,
and for weeks he battled.
We could do nothing to help.
His Mum and Dad had to keep hoping,
and try to stay strong,
as they watched their boy of thirteen years,
battle against a very strong foe.
We all feared what the outcome might be.
Can you imagine the night times?
As you would lay down to sleep,
what sadness, fears and worries,
would lay alongside you.
They were 200km from home.
Sleeping in a bed that was not their own.
It is at this point,
I give my first “Thank you” to Mc Donalds.
For when these weary parents did take time out,
it was to go back to,
a Ronald McDonald house.
A house which had been their “home” for four months.
A Ronald McDonald house,
is built on the hospital grounds.
It is for the parents and families of very sick children.
The houses operating costs,
are funded annually by McDonalds.
It is certainly not home,
but it is a bright comfortable place,
where volunteers come to cook meals,
and where families can chill out,
away from the ward or Intensive care unit.
They provide many of these houses worldwide.
As the weeks have gone by,
my friend has looked upon,
the faces decorating the walls of the house,
of the many children,
whose families have stayed there before her.
She has been desperate to believe,
that soon she would be able to leave those faces behind.
Just when we were all so tired,
and could not imagine,
how our little warrior could continue,
he lashed out again.
And this time it would appear,
it was a mighty blow.
He woke up.
His temperature disappeared.
All that was wrong,
began to go right.
And just when his mother,
could not be more pleased,
he said, “I’m starving”.
Nine weeks of famine was over.
And so we get to my second Thank you.
Later on today,
my young friend is allowed a McDonalds!
All outsourced food is banned,
as he is on a strict diet.
However a special order will be sent,
and his mother will pick up his “magic meal”.
We are still very cautious,
and we know we have a very long road ahead.
However for them this evening,
the horrendous roller coaster they have been on,
for the past ten months,
Whilst an amazing young boy enjoys a much awaited McDonalds.
The simple pleasures in life!