Life changed dramatically for the Burgos-Torres family when their son, 17 year-old Angelo, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Stage 4 in June 2015.
Angelo spent 15 weeks undergoing chemotherapy at Florida Hospital for Children, which is more than an hour away from his home in Port Orange, Florida. He also needed 21 blood transfusions during this time as well. “Needless to say, chemotherapy and being away from home for 3 to 8 days at a time was the worst part of the treatment for Angelo,” said Jeannette, Angelo’s mother.
A Safe & Comfortable Place to Stay
The family was able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House at Florida Hospital during Angelo’s treatments. “Not only did RMH give me a place to stay while Angelo was admitted, it provided a safe place to decompress and take care of myself so that I could have the strength mentally and emotionally to be by his side the whole time,” Jeannette said. Jeannette also remembered how the staff and volunteers helped her family through the difficult times with Angelo’s treatments. She said it was encouraging to spend with other families going through similar situations. “Getting to know all about the precious little ones that had families staying at RMH was priceless. I never felt alone,” she said.
Healing Through Music
Angelo also found comfort in music at the House. “It became a thing for Angelo to play on the piano there, which was soothing for him and the staff, guests and volunteers…I cannot thank RMH enough for making him feel so at home and comfortable. RMH became our home away from home.”