The Dovin Family
The Dovin's daughter Lucy was diagnosed with CDH (Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia) when her mother, Tiffany, was pregnant. They learned about Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois from OSF Saint Francis: Maternal/Fetal Diagnostic Center. The Dovins knew they had a long road ahead of them and needed to be in Peoria, IL, close to OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois. Family is medicine, and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois provided the means for Lilli (big sister) to stay with mom and Dad and be close to her little sister while receiving critical medical care. Tiffany said, "With her being able to stay with us at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois and to visit the hospital, it helped Lilli a lot! Lilli could be close to her sister and her parents, so there wasn't so much change for Lilli all at once."
When asked about their favorite part about staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, the Dovins said:
"How everyone welcomed us with open arms and how caring everyone was. The convenience of the hospital location was also super helpful. Having our 5-year-old daughter stay with us was very important, and they worked with us to make that happen. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois truly became our second home. I love everyone here; excellent staff! It didn't feel like we were missing home because the staff always made sure to make it feel like home as much as possible."
The Dovins always recommend staying at the House. They said, "It is so helpful to have somewhere close to go, along with a warm meal provided, after a hard day at the hospital. We will forever be grateful for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. We couldn't have gotten through all these hardships without them! The staff was one of the best reasons we got through all of this. They were always so helpful. We still come for appointments and surgery stays for Lucy. It was the hardest 133 days of our life, but this place improved it."