Amy and Tyler Kubik, from Floyd County, have found RMH to be their home away from home on more than one occasion. Their first born, Laker, was born in April 2014 at 32 weeks, 5 days due to maternal HELLP Syndrome. While in the NICU, Laker battled jaundice, needed oxygen support and had to learn how to eat. He spent 24 days in the Mercy Children's NICU in Des Moines and was able to go home fully breastfed and oxygen free. While Laker was in the NICU, Tyler and Amy stayed at the Ronald McDonald House by Blank Children's Hospital. It was such a blessing to have a place to rest and recharge. Amy was also still recovering from birth and HELLP syndrome and the comforts of the house were so helpful in her recovery. Today, Laker is a healthy, happy and smart 2nd grader who loves reading and history.
In August 2021, little Khloe was born at 34 weeks due to maternal preeclampsia with severe features and transferred from Mason City NICU to MercyOne NICU in Des Moines. Today, Khloe is a happy and very healthy 7 month old, full of life and love. Her favorite things are snuggles with mom, her swing and playing with her three older siblings.
Today, the Kubiks are a family of six, and Laker is the best big brother to his three younger siblings.
"We are so thankful for the Ronald McDonald House and all it offered to support us during our NICU stays. The Staff was amazing and the volunteers that provided meals every night were wonderful. It is such a blessing for central Iowa to have the Ronald McDonald House available for families in need. We will forever be grateful for both stays". ~ Amy Kubik