The Abrams family at Owen’s fourth birthday party
Born at only 24 weeks, Owen Abrams entered this world with a dangerously compromised immune system. His parents advocated fiercely for his life, with mom Darlene in the NICU each day, and dad Nick taking the night shift.
Owen’s fragile body required constant attention. There were frequent alterations to his treatment and almost daily changes to staff. Grandfather, Glenn, found that the family quickly learned, “Parents need to be in the hospital, advocating for their child’s life. Every. Single. Day."
When a child is critically ill, few think about the caregiver or family, and the toll it takes on their lives.
Darlene and Nick’s lengthy commute made it impossible to reach Owen quickly for what could be life-or-death decisions. Nick’s parents lived closer to the hospital, and Michelle and Glenn Abrams gladly opened their home to the couple. The entire Abrams family bonded together, rallying for “their little fighter.”
Still, Darlene and Nick needed to be even closer to their son. It was a great relief to move into the Ronald McDonald House, just steps away from little Owen’s hospital room. The House became Darlene and Nick’s on-and-off home for over two-and-a-half years.
Their steady presence with Owen made a huge difference.
Owen’s doctor told them that if they hadn’t been with him every day throughout his hospital stay, Owen wouldn’t have survived. The Ronald McDonald House kept them close to provide that continuity of care.
Parents need to be in the hospital, advocating for their child’s life. Every. Single. Day.
When a child is critically ill, “few think about the caregiver or family, and the toll it takes on their lives,” said Glenn. Nick and “Dar” could now enjoy a hot meal, bond with other family members and feel support from compassionate staff and volunteers at the House.
This was a joyful day! Owen was healthy enough to visit his grandparents at their house for the first time!
When Michelle and Glenn needed to withdraw their required annual minimum distribution (RMD) from their IRA, it made “perfect sense” to direct it to helping other families at the House. The Abrams’ personal experience and commitment to giving new families a warm refuge of care brings great meaning to this gift.
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