2010-03-25 / Front Page

Trying Times Met by Lexington Couple Who Have Lots of Help

Izabella Kolacek Izabella Kolacek When a child is seriously ill, the family’s primary focus is the health and medical care of that child. The Ronald McDonald House enables families to concentrate on the wellbeing of their children by providing life’s basic daily necessities. Amanda Santiago and John Kolacek, of Lexington, understand this firsthand. Their daughter, Izabella, was born 10 weeks premature December 30 at Seton Hospital in Austin. When she developed complications Izabella was then transferred to Dell Children’s Medical Center for surgery. Before Amanda and John knew about the Ronald McDonald House, they drove back and forth from Austin to Lexington every day to be with Izabella.

“It’s really good to be so close to her,” John said, after coming to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. “You can’t ask for a nicer place,” Amanda added. “It feels like home. It has been home for two months. The fact that we have a place to lay our heads at night is hugely helpful.”

The members of the Lexington Lions Club realize that for people in Lexington, this is especially significant since the medical facilities that care for Lee County children are so far away.

According to Lion President Avery Wright, “Staying at the Ronald McDonald House gives families many more hours with their child instead of being on the road back and forth from Austin to Lexington. We feel it is important to support organizations that support the families in Lexington. We also realize that Lexington is going to continue to grow, and more families may find that they need the services of the Ronald McDonald House. This is our way to help make sure they are there when we need them.”

For all of these reasons, the Lexington Lions club donated $250 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas.

“We are genuinely honored with the support of the Lexington Lions Club, and we look forward to a long partnership as we continue to serve families in Lee County” said Kent Burress, Chief Executive Officer.

“Even though the Ronald McDonald House is in Austin, it belongs to the people of Lexington,” said Beverly Seffel, Director of Community Relations.

Izabella’s grandmother, Leigh Kolacek works at Lexington Elementary School and she said one of the wonderful things about the Ronald McDonald House is the fact that they work so hard to accomodate everyone’s work schedule as much as possible so that parents and grandparents alike know that their child is being taken care of. “The Ronald McDonald House is a wonderful resouce for families,” she said.

Izabella was able to come home last week after months in the hospital. Her parents are so thankful for the many things about the House that have made it a comfortable place to stay during her hospitalization.

To the people of Lexington who support the House, Amanda and John say, “Your donations are going to a wonderful cause. Thank you!”

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