When I Stayed at the Ronald McDonald House…Brett’s Story

img_8469-smallWhen I was 10, I was diagnosed with MS. My diagnosis really scared me and my family. I was upset, angry and very confused. My doctor’s appointments were in Buffalo, which brought us to the Buffalo Ronald McDonald House.  Staying at the House felt like being home and being part of a large warm family. The staff and volunteers were always out and about and there to talk or help us out. There was a respect there; we were treated like family.  At the House I was able to make new friends with the other guests, including a new close friend, Colin.

Brett and Bryce with their annual pull-tab donation collected from their parish school, family and friends.
Brett and Bryce with their annual pull-tab donation collected from their parish school, family and friends.

We come to Buffalo for follow-up appointments every six months. The best part of our trip is our visits to the Ronald McDonald House and Bubble Hockey rematches with Bryce.

Today I am a freshman away from home attending a university in Ohio, studying Social Work and making new friends each day. I’m starting a Bowling Club! The past years have taught me to look at life a bit differently: I have MS, but MS does not have me. And no matter what happens, always, always remember to live life with a smile!

– Brett R.