Parker Edward Wayne
At 31 weeks, 3 days pregnant I was admitted to Erlanger for the duration of my pregnancy. My son had a rather rare complication that required me to be hospitalized. They wanted to monitor him daily and try to make it to 34 weeks. At 34 weeks, I was induced and he was born 6 weeks early. Parker Edward Wayne weighed 4 lbs. 13 oz. and was 16 3/4 inches long. He spent 12 days in the NICU and during that time we were grateful to be able to stay across the street at the Ronald McDonald House!
As a teenager, I was in my high school key club and we did many fundraisers for Ronald McDonald House Charities. It was something I enjoyed and never dreamed I'd one day need to use it. It was truly a humbling experience for me. I was so grateful to be able to stay close to my son that it brought me to tears. I still donate any chance I get and always will! Thank you for providing families with a warm, clean, loving environment so that they can stay with their little ones. RMH Chattanooga will forever hold a special place in our hearts!
- Lisa Childress (mom)