Wednesday, February 22, 2012


When T-Dawg was pregnant, one of the many pre-natal tests that a pregnant lady undergoes found a problem with her unborn baby's lungs. The baby was eventually diagnosed with CCAM, or Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation. There was a very real chance that Theresa's baby was not going to make it, and an even better chance that she would have to have surgery while still in utero. Since the midwife center that Theresa used to deliver her first child was not equipped to handle the situation, she and her husband traveled down to CHOP every two weeks to check on the baby's progress for the rest of the pregnancy.

Now, hotels in Philadelphia are mad expensive, yo, and maybe you are Daddy Warbucks but regular folks can't just be ponying up for a two-night stay twice a month. So Theresa and her husband Rocco stayed at the Ronald McDonald House on their trips to the City of Brotherly Love. They received support, a place to stay during an incredibly difficult time, and a way to provide their unborn daughter with the care that might save her life.

Fast forward. Here is Catherine:

She is five years old, exactly one month older than my own son Andrew. She is perfect. Her life, even the part of it that took place before she was born, gave me a new appreciation for the Ronald McDonald House and what they do. So today's Give it Away is this: collect pop-tabs, you know, those things from soda cans, and give them to your local Ronald McDonald House. It's a small thing, but makes a big difference. So just do it, already! Jeez.

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February 23, 2012 at 12:20 AM

You have to love something that is simple and easy *and* makes a difference.

February 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Right? I mean, if you're going to drink the soda anyway...


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