Family from Jamaica: Son’s Medical Journey to Ohio Has Been a Blessing Thanks to Volunteers

By Rick Shepherd, Communications Manager, RMHC of Central Ohio

Omario’s condition is so rare, that doctors in his hometown back in Jamaica were stumped. When they connected with doctors from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, they found the problem. Hirschsprung Disease. The family has been in Columbus since early February and Omario’s condition is now improving. They hope to return to fly kites on those Caribbean beaches soon. But they know volunteer staff made it possible for their son to thrive during his tough time being so far from home. Click the image below to watch an interview with Omario’s mom and dad, Celia and Omar.

We are deeply appreciative of the kindness, love, and support that our volunteers generously give our guest families, treating them as if they were their family members. As Omar said, “There are still good people out there”. We are immensely thankful for our incredible volunteer base and the great people who show up day after day to make a difference in the lives of these families.

To all of our volunteers, we want to wish you a happy Volunteer Appreciation Month. Your daily contributions are critical to our organization’s operations, enabling us to run the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House and serve countless families. Without you, we would not be able to make such a significant impact on the lives of those we serve.