Spring Appeal 2019

Spring Appeal 2019

About This Campaign

Philip Lindler was hundreds of miles away when his sons were born. The active duty U.S. Marine was stationed in North Carolina, and his wife Brittney had traveled to her hometown of Cleveland to be with her mother, Kriss, during pregnancy. The couple had been apart for three months when Brittney went into labor. On June 21, 2014 Christopher and Michael were born, eight weeks early.

The tiny twins seemed healthy at first. They were admitted to the NICU until they could grow large enough to go home. Philip, still on base, looked forward to meeting his sons. However, at ten days old, an ultrasound showed bleeding in Christopher’s brain. Two days later he was transferred to a larger hospital for specialized care. Insurance guidelines prevented a transfer for Michael, so Brittney was left with two infants in intensive care, in two different hospitals. It would take the Ronald McDonald House and Family Rooms to keep her and Kriss near both boys.

"You have that connection to sit and have a meal with someone; those connections build relationships and give you a support system." - Brittany Lindler

“Mornings I would go to Christopher, afternoons see Michael, then evenings back to Christopher,” Brittney recalls. “I would stop at the House to sleep and Mom made sure I ate.” The women spent days crossing paths, taking turns with each baby so neither was alone for long. During the day, they relied on the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at the hospitals for comfort and support, a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. At night they slept at the House, gaining strength from good meals and other families. At a month old, Michael came home to the House. Brittney and Kriss could nurture him in its home-like atmosphere and travel just minutes to see Christopher.

At two months, Christopher’s condition had worsened and when a photographer volunteered services to RMH, doctors gave special permission to bring Michael in. “Getting the pictures was even more important because they hadn’t seen each other since they were two weeks old,” says Brittney. When the twins were placed together, “they immediately snuggled into each other. Once Christopher saw Michael all of a sudden something happened; things just turned around and within that week he came home.”

"He held Michael for the first time right there in the Ronald McDonald House parking lot." - Brittany Lindler

Just days later, Philip was finally able to come to Cleveland to meet his sons. He and Brittney had been apart for five months. When Christopher was discharged, the new family came home together for the first time—to the Ronald McDonald House. Philip has since finished active duty. The Lindlers have returned to RMH twice, and Kriss always looks forward to seeing her grandsons. At four years old, Christopher and Michael are happy children who enjoy being together more than anything.

For forty years, the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland has been keeping families together when it matters most. Your continued generosity is a vital part of this story. Please give today for the families that will need us tomorrow.

Upon checkout, you will be given the option to cover fees so that 100% of your donation comes directly to RMH. Processing fees are approximately 4.28% + 30 cents. If paying via American Express, an additional 1% is added to that.
Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc.

Campaign to Support Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc.

Since 1979, the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, a not-for-profit organization, has offered a homelike setting for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. In addition to the 55-room House on Euclid Avenue, RMH offers families of pediatric patients a comfortable space to rest and recharge at Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center, and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and RedTreehouse.org, a free online resource for Ohio families.  RMH religes on the generosity of the local community to provide support and services to the more than 108,000 individuals it serves annually.