Madison Qualls’ address at The Lunch That Love Built 2013.
“Today, 8 months ago was a day we never saw coming. I was flown from Paducah, KY to Louisville to deliver at twenty-five weeks. I developed pre-eclampsia with HELLP Syndrome, which gave me no option but to deliver. At 1:06 PM we welcomed our little girl, Karlee Blaire , weighing 1.7lbs and 11 3/4 inches long into the world. We knew we had a long road ahead of us from that moment, but knew God was in control and had his hands wrapped around her from the start.
It was such a blessing to find out that there was a Ronald McDonald House two blocks from Kosair Children’s Hospital. Being three hours away from home, we don’t know what we would have done without this house. The staff opened their arms and hearts to us knowing we would be there for 3 ½ months. They were always there when we needed anything or just someone to talk to. They became our family and will always hold a special place in our hearts. We became friends with some amazing people from all over the state of Kentucky. We were able to share stories and know that someone else understood what we were going through.
The Ronald McDonald House is not just a place to stay; it’s a place of support for everyone that walks through the door. After 3 ½ months we finally were able to come home. Karlee came home at 5 ½ lbs, healthy as can be, with no medical problems. All I can say is I serve one amazing and big God! I know now that when you go through McDonald’s, the box that is for change supports the houses, so I urge people to do so. Because of that and many others that have a part in all the Ronald McDonald Houses, people like me do not have to worry about a place to stay when they have a child in need.”