Allowing Access - The Lee Family

Selina is a 19-year-old college student majoring in Latin at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.  She is an avid lover of music and the classics - and a regular guest at the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan for the past 12 years.  Selina was born with cerebral palsy, but she hasn’t let that hinder her dreams of becoming a teacher and living a full life on her own.


When Selina was six, her parents began looking for strong cognitive education programs designed for individuals with motor challenges.  Although they live in Baltimore, Maryland, the programs they were considering were in Budapest, on the west coast, or in Michigan. 


“We didn’t want to uproot our family and move, but we had to make sure Selina got the skills she needed”, says John. The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan provided a solution. Selina has been able to attend four week programs in Grand Rapids, Michigan several times a year because her family has been able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan, at no cost, during her sessions. “The House truly has become a home away from home for us”, says John. “We are very thankful that by removing our financial burdens, the House allows us to access the best programs for Selina….