Bertelsen-Joyce Family – Taranaki
Five years ago, the Bertelsen-Joyce family from Awatuna, Taranaki had no idea Ronald McDonald House existed. Now, they call it their ‘home-away-from-home’ after staying for over 90 nights. In 2014, 13-year-old Josephine had just started high school. Within a day, Josephine was diagnosed with leukaemia and sent up to Auckland to begin specialist treatment. Roni says their family simply couldn’t have got through these years without the support of RMHC New Zealand.
“We had some pretty long stays, up to a few weeks. We couldn’t have afforded to stay that long at a motel or even a backpackers in Auckland. We would’ve had to stay with family in Hamilton and travel to and from the hospital every day. Financially, we wouldn’t have been able to manage, let alone emotionally.”