Family of 10-Year-Old Fighting Brain Cancer Finds Strength in Numbers at Ronald Mcdonald House

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Doctors Credit Ronald McDonald House Stay with Aiding Boy's Against-All-Odds Recovery

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Dylan's stay at the Ronald McDonald House really helped him get through his treatments. Not a week goes by that I don't hear about a positive experience that one of our families has had at the Ronald McDonald House.

When 10-year-old Dylan Przybysz was diagnosed with brain cancer, his mother and father, a U.S. Army Sergeant who served two tours of duty, one in Afghanistan and one in Saudi Arabia, began to assemble an army of their own to wage this overwhelming medical battle. They found the best doctors, nurses and specialists to treat their son's three tumors. However, little did they know when they checked into the Ronald McDonald House near where Dylan was being treated, that there was a team there waiting to make their army much larger and stronger.

Just five months later, Dylan was cancer-free. His tumors were gone. According to his doctors, this amazing recovery was due -- in no small part -- to the support that Dylan and his family received from the 218 volunteers and staff at the Ronald McDonald House in Wilmington, Del. "Dylan's stay at the Ronald McDonald House really helped him get through his treatments," said Andrew Walter, M.S., M.D., pediatric hematologist, Nemours/Al DuPont Hospital for Children "Not a week goes by that I don't hear about a positive experience that one of our families has had at the Ronald McDonald House."

This holiday season, families around the country can strengthen the army that supported Dylan and over four million of other children facing a medical crisis when they donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

Dylan's family described the way that the staff and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House provided support during their stay. "I was awestruck that the organization existed," said his father, David. "I was amazed so many people had their hands in ensuring that our family and the other families in the house got what they needed.” Janel, Dylan's mother said, "At first we thought the Ronald McDonald House would be much like a hotel, a place to grab a few hours of sleep and shower. Little did I know we would discover our secret weapon to Dylan's recovery -- the people that would keep my husband and me strong -- physically, emotionally and spiritually -- so we could be strong for Dylan." She concluded, "We weren't a family with cancer there. We were a family."

"In these tough economic times, RMHC is as committed as ever to providing children and their families with the strength and support needed to deal with life's most difficult challenge, a child's serious illness," said Jennifer Blanchard Smith, senior director of Communications and Special Programs, RMHC. "With the holiday season upon us, we are asking our supporters to donate and support our growing network of RMHC programs worldwide by reminding them that nearly 86 cents of every dollar donated to RMHC goes directly to program support."

Dylan's family's story will be featured nationally in an advertisement donated by "USA Today" in the Nov. 19 issue.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 52 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit http://www.rmhc.org , follow us on Twitter (@RMHC) or like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).

For more information, contact:

Clara L. Carrier, RMHC
(630) 623-6573 Office
(630) 209-7617 Cell Phone or
clara(dot)carrier(at)us(dot)mcd(dot)com
http://www.rmhc.org

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