Walk for Kids Sunday, June 7th

Bishop City Council Proclamation highlights upcoming walk

The Bishop City Council passed a proclamation Tuesday night shining the spotlight on a upcoming walk in the Bishop City Park.  A “Walk for Kids” benefiting the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House will take place Sunday, June 7th.  Registration begins at 7am, with the walk starting at 8am.  The walk is being held on the 4th birthday of Bodie Ellis.  The walk is being organized by the Ellis family who became familiar with the Ronald McDonald House at Loma Linda when their son needed specialized care.

photo by Arnie Palu, Left to Right, Faith, Bodie, Alix Ellis, Kevin and Lis Mazzu
photo by Arnie Palu, Left to Right, Faith, Bodie, Alix Ellis, Kevin and Lis Mazzu

Alix Ellis tells their story.

“Minutes before little Bodie’s arrival on June 7, 2011 the doctors at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada informed us that something was wrong and the next two days seemed to go by with very little knowledge about Bodie’s condition. It appeared that his bladder was very enlarged and his kidneys were functioning poorly. The doctors were unable to determine an exact diagnosis and arrangements were made to have our sweet, delicate baby boy flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center where we were assured he would get the care he needed.Upon arriving in Loma Linda we were advised to go to the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House (LLRMH) where we would find a place to stay that was close to the hospital. For the next week and a half the LLRMH became our home. There was always a meal and always someone to talk with. I found myself sitting with other families and moms, sharing our stories and exchanging some heartfelt words of kindness and encouragement. Words that would lift each of us up and even though our struggles were different most of the time, the compassion was the same. I needed that so much and I think I cried a little less with just having that kindheartedness and understanding. The security I felt in a place I knew nothing about and being taken care of by a community that cared so much was amazing! I remember receiving a Winnie the Pooh book on the doorstep of my room. As the tears began to run down my cheek, so thankful for the gift, I placed the book in my diaper bag. I later read it to Bodie as he lay in his NICU bed, one of my favorite things to do.
I would love to tell you how much this “home” meant to our family and continues to mean so much to us without crying, but that’s hard. They mean so much. After Bodie’s diagnoses of Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome and Vesicoureteral Reflux (his bladder refluxes into his kidneys) we continue to visit and stay at the LLRMH to this day. Bodie has endured three surgeries and several procedures to monitor his kidney function as well as his development including regular blood work and ultrasounds. When we travel for appointments, it’s nice to have a home to come to. Our distance from the hospital and Bodie’s doctors makes for a long drive, and we are blessed beyond words to be able to continue to experience the kind embrace and peace from the amazing caregivers at LLRMH. Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough… but we keep telling them Thank you! Thank you for loving us and helping us to be emotionally complete and whole for our little one, and even though he continues to be medically fragile, we appreciate the encouragement to stand strong. You are our champions!”

The Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House (LLRMH) is dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of children by providing a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill and injured children who are receiving care in Southern California. When a child in the Bishop community needs specialized medical treatment they are often transferred to Loma Linda University Medical Center and families are able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their child is in the hospital.

What is the WALK FOR KIDS? Walk for Kids is a non-competitive walk that is designed to raise funds and awareness for the services and programs provided by the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House.

You can register for the walk by going to www.walkforkids.org/lomalinda

cover photo by Arnie Palu.  The Ellis Family with Ronald McDonald at the Mule Days Parade

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