Haley Waxman

Carolina Love: “Three’s a Crowd, Six is Family” – presented by Ronald McDonald House

Some say three’s a crowd, but AJ and Jessie Smith of Wilmington, North Carolina believe six is a family. On July 25, triplets Bailey, Lainey and Ruby joined their big siblings Chloe (7), Finn (4) and Huxley (2). “We were supposed to have a 9:30 am surgery and got bumped by emergency c-sections all day,” Jessie said. “They all came out screaming in order, A-B-C, same as they’ve always been.” Following the birth of their girls, the Smiths stayed at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill to be close to UNC Children’s, while their babies were cared for...

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Carolina Love: “Our Family Helping Other Families!” – presented by Ronald McDonald House

Everything Melissa and Brian Mart do is motivated by family. From relocating to North Carolina and starting their own business, to getting involved with the Families Helping Families program at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, along with their seven-year-old daughter Payton.   In an effort to be closer to family, the Marts moved to North Carolina, first living in Wake Forest for 11 years, and now in Chapel Hill for the past two. Brian and Melissa now work together as franchise owners at the Primrose School of Chapel Hill at Briar Chapel.   “We wanted to be...

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Carolina Love: “The Funniest Little Boy in the Whole Entire World!” – presented by Ronald McDonald House

Ethan Stone was born at 36 weeks on April 4, 2015 in Wilmington, North Carolina. And his mother, Jerianne, would receive her first mother’s day gift at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill just one month later. “I got lucky, Ethan’s birthstone is a diamond.” Ethan has a G tube, a tracheostomy tube, a cleft palate, a congenital heart defect, Pierre Robin Sequence, and a great personality. “He is the funniest little boy in the whole entire world. He knows he’s funny,” said the two-year-old’s mother. “With all of his stuff, he is so easy to take care...

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Carolina Love: Maddox Carter Inspires Hope! – presented by Ronald McDonald House

The day Maddox Carter was born started out like any normal day. On August, 27 2010, Monique, Maddox’s mom, worked half a day and met her husband, Sean, at the hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina for a planned c-section. But the day ended unlike any other, when Maddox was transferred to UNC Children’s for emergency heart surgery. “It was very overwhelming, the fear of the unknown,” Sean said. “We dealt with our daughter in the NICU when she was born at six-weeks premature, so we had so many thoughts in our head of what was wrong with him, would...

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Carolina Love: Reece, the One Lung Wonder – presented by Ronald McDonald House Chapel Hill

Every day, Doug Thompson wakes up long before the sun rises and drives 105 miles to work near Fayetteville, NC.  Meanwhile, Doug’s family sleeps comfortably in their two-bedroom apartment at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. They’re here because UNC Children’s Hospital is less than two miles away from the House. For Reece, fondly known as the “one lung wonder,” that closeness is vital. While being close to world-class healthcare is important, being close to his family is just as crucial. Fifteen year-old Reece Thompson began treatment for cystic fibrosis, a progressive genetic disorder that affects around 30,000...

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