The Throneburg family found home, family and togetherness at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill when their second son, Ford, was born prematurely in 2015. Ford experienced many complications after birth, including necrotizing enterocolitis and a brain hemorrhage, leaving doctors wondering if he would ever walk or talk. He now does both, in style. This Holiday season, the Throneburgs returned to the House to talk about all the ways they are “paying it Ford” in their son’s honor. You can “pay it Ford” with them at And by watching this video!

Carolina Love is a series of stories written and presented by Ronald McDonald House Chapel Hill.

CAROLINA LOVE: Celebrating the stories of families, volunteers and donors who have made the House a true home away from home over the last 30 years. For three decades, we have embraced every family that has come to our door, and each has a unique story. These are but a few of the many stories the House has been a part of since it opened. Carolina Love is a behind the scenes look at what we do, those we serve and those on whom we depend to help us carry out our mission of keeping families close.