The Lown-Riel Family
At 21 months, Chad Lown was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APML) by his pediatrician in Oneida, New York, and was referred to Upstate Golisano Chidren’s Hospital for treatment.
For weeks, Chad and his parents, Christopher Lown and Amanda Riel, traveled back and forth between Oneida and Syracuse, but as the frequency of Chad’s treatments and appointments increased, a social worker at the hospital introduced the family to the Central New York Ronald McDonald House.
Chad and his parents stayed with us for five weeks while Chad received regular chemotherapy treatments. The additional space in our new House meant Amanda’s parents were even able to stay with us to remain close to their grandson. Despite his rigorous treatments, Chad never seemed to lack any energy, and he quickly stole the hearts of everyone at the House. Chad was usually seen playing in the playroom, wearing his handsome smile and red race car slippers.
“The staff and volunteers at the CNY Ronald McDonald House were so compassionate and family-oriented,” said Amanda. “They helped keep a smile on my son’s face.”