Back In New York: At the Ronald McDonald House

Yesterday, Ben and his parents traveled back to New York City for his upcoming one-year followup medical tests. Ben will see Dr. B (world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Alejandro Berenstein) on Wednesday and will undergo tests on Thursday.  If necessary, additional neurosurgery will be done.

Last year’s airplane flights caused Ben to have headaches, due to pressure changes as the planes ascended and descended.  That was not a problem yesterday. Yeah!

And Ben was able to ride in style from LaGuardia Airport to the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan where they will be staying again this year.

Riding in style


Ronald McDonald Houses provide low-cost accommodations, emotional and ministry support, and other services for families of chronically ill children who are undergoing medical treatment.  Ben loved his stay there last year and especially liked the playroom, which he already has visited this trip.

Ronald McDonald House

In the playroom


When they first arrived at the Ronald McDonald House yesterday, Ben was greeted with a package that had been sent by his mom’s co-workers. His mom’s friends at work have shown so much love and concern for this little guy, and they made sure he has snacks enough to last him the entire week he will be in New York.


Dinner last night was at Bareburger where Ben’s mom had a bison burger and his dad had a duck burger, but Ben enjoyed a traditional beef burger.



Before Ben’s medical appointments and testing begin, the family will be having some fun time together in the city, plus his mom and dad will be celebrating their wedding anniversary.  I’ll be posting more this week about their adventures…

(Did you know that has a program that provides a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop?  When you shop at, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.  I have an Amazon Prime membership, and every time I shop, a portion of the purchase price goes to the Ronald McDonald House of New York.)

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