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Join us in wishing Jeremiah Walters a very Happy 8th Birthday!

When Jeremiah was just two years old, his parents were concerned with what seemed to be chronic acid reflux and bloating. When the problem kept getting worse, they knew something wasn’t right. That’s when they encountered every parent’s worst nightmare: their child was diagnosed with a Wilms tumor, cancer of the kidney. He was rushed from their hometown of Bethlehem, PA to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

Jeremiah did not respond to traditional chemotherapy, so he was admitted to the hospital for intensive treatment until they could remove the tumor. This meant he could be in the hospital for months, and his parents knew they could not travel back and forth to their home, two and half hours away.

Fortunately, they were able to stay at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, located right next to the hospital. Maelynn, his mother, says, “The staff at the House were my life savers. No matter what you are going through, there is someone there to talk to. When Jeremiah got the chance to get out of the hospital, he loved coming to the House for crafts and other activities, like pet therapy. Being able to share a dinner with him outside of the hospital…those things really brightened up our world.”

Jeremiah beat his kidney cancer, but just two years later doctors found a tumor in his lung. He fought back, and beat it again. “Jeremiah is a hero!” his mom says, “He beat cancer twice, and even when he wasn’t feeling well, he would help push the other kids at the hospital through.”

Today, Jeremiah is looking forward to starting the 3rd grade, and is spending his summer swimming with his two brothers and sisters. He still comes back to St. Christopher’s hospital every three months for check-ups, and his family stays at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House when he does—they have stayed a total of 22 times so far—and their outlook is positve. “In October, he’ll have been clear for four years. We’ve got a lot to celebrate!”

The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, the first Ronald McDonald House in the world, helps keeps families, like Jeremiah's, close.

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