Summer Appeal 2018
A fundraising campaign for Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc..
About This Campaign
The illness of a child can tear a family apart, the stress too difficult for some to bear. For Cory Poling, Lori Irwin, and their daughter Collins Poling, the experience brought them together.
Her parents separated when Collins was two and she spent her time with Cory in Toledo and Lori in Decatur, Indiana. In July 2016—just shy of her 6th birthday—Collins suffered her first grand mal seizure and was hospitalized for 11 days. When the seizures finally stopped, she went home and continued to see a neurologist.
For a year and a half, things seemed back to normal; while doctors didn’t know the cause of Collins’ seizures, they had not recurred. That changed on December 22, 2017. Collins had her second grand mal seizure and was once again admitted to the hospital. After extensive testing, the seizures continued but their cause was still unknown. The family was eventually referred to a specialist in Cleveland.
It was a trying situation for Cory and Lori, traveling to Cleveland to help their daughter without any concrete diagnosis for her. They needed a place to stay, and were referred to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. The family arrived at the House in mid-March for a 12-day visit. While Collins benefited from specialized care, her parents benefited from the support system they had at the House.
“The House offered our whole family a way to relax and deal with the situation together.” “…to hear their story, to know that they’re going through the same things…it helps a lot.”
–LORI and CORY on the support and comradery they found at the House
Since their initial stay, Collins, her parents and grandparents, Barry and Judy Poling, have returned to the House three times. On May 4th, a lesion was finally discovered in one of the grooves (sulci) of Collins’ brain. In June, Collins had a successful operation to remove the lesion.
The Polings shared that the House’s services eased all of their minds; from Grandpa Barry napping in a Ronald McDonald Family Room at the hospital, to family activities, to nourishing meals, the House was a major source of support. As grandparents, Judy and Barry were thrilled that they were able to stay at the House with the family and be with Collins when she needed them most.
Collins’ family grew closer while here and is now facing a bright future together. “It’s a fresh start for all of us,” Cory said. “Lori and I reunited during all this, and she and Collins moved in with me in Toledo. Collins is recovering and will start 2nd grade in a new school.”
The family was in Cleveland for Collins’ follow-up on her 8th birthday, almost two years to the day after her first seizure. They will be back again in six months. The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland will be here to welcome them.
Your donation helps the Polings and other families remain strong and access the best care for their children. Please make a difference with us today.
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.
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.