Fourteen year old Sophie and her family have received devastating news 3 times in the last three years -- each time interrupting their well laid out plans.
Sophie’s plans of playing on her fast-pitch softball team came to a sudden halt when a sports injury turned out to be Osteosarcoma at age 11. A year after treatment, including a complete knee and leg bone replacement, Sophie’s test results showed the Osteosarcoma had spread to her lungs. Once again, plans are detoured as they fight through treatments and eventually get the all-clear.
Finally, they breathe a sigh of relief and work to get their life back on track. Sophie is enrolled in a great new school. The family’s home is about to get new windows and flooring. The year 2011 was to be a fresh new start for the Howell family. But a couple days before Sophie would start ninth grade, she received the worst news of all.
Christmas at the RMHD!
By now, any sign of Christmas is probably gone from your home. However, here at the RMHD, we are still standing in amazement at the generosity of our community donors and volunteers who took time out of their hectic holiday schedules to make the season brighter for our families.
You made Christmas possible for many families in 2011, with 39 families waking up in the House on Christmas morning. During the 12 Days of the Holiday Shop, we had 70 families shop for gifts for over 146 children. On Christmas Eve, 53 kids received wrapped gifts from Santa and woke up Christmas morning to find stockings stuffed full of goodies on their doorsteps.
Please take a moment to visit our blog to see photos and read about some very special people who made a big impact on RMHD families. Thank you to everyone involved!
We've Wrapped Up Another Great Year of the Trains at NorthPark!
The 2011 exhibit drew 73,000 people and grossed $800,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas! Thank you to the 2011 sponsors -- without your support the event is not possible.
Be sure to include the Trains at NorthPark in your 2012 holiday plans as we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary of the Trains with some special surprises.
The Beautiful Hand-Painted Railcars are the Stars of the Exhibit.
Our amazing painters personalized over 400 railcars last year. Thank you to the following artists:
- Elaine Bryant
- Michelle Collins
- Marissa Dawson
- Lisa Haines
- Ashley James
- Gail Knapp
- Casey Rabourn
- Megan Zimmerman