Always There For Us

Jordan with his mom and baby brother Dwayne

On July 26, 2016, Jordan and his mom Rebeca arrived to Delaware after a long flight from their home in Ecuador.  That same day, Jordan received a blood transfusion of four pints of blood at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington.

After being diagnosed with Leukemia in Ecuador, Jordan’s family flew to Delaware to receive treatment.  Far from home, Rebeca was relieved that their social worker and oncology team helped them find a place to stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware.  Not only was being far from home a stressful experience, but Rebeca was nearly 4 months into a pregnancy, expecting another boy.

Feeling alone and out of place was the first reaction that Rebeca and Jordan had, but soon after arriving at the Ronald McDonald House that feeling changed and they began to feel at home.

Jordan enjoys the family activities, volunteers, and meeting new people. He also loves being able to talk to the other kids and families and finds comfort in knowing that he is not the only one receiving cancer treatments. Rebeca says she is thankful to have a place to stay, transportation for errands, a hot dinner every night and support for her day-to-day needs.  And, in December, the newest member of the Marquez Guerrero family arrived: little Dwayne!

This summer, Jordan is getting excited about going to day camp at the YMCA; he even recently had his chemo port removed, so he can spend plenty of time in the pool! Together, the three of them are looking forward to going home, but are happy they are able to make the Ronald McDonald House their “home-away-from-home.”