Michael and Descia Biddlecombe were halfway through their pregnancy when Cadoc was born at 24 weeks. While they battled for Cadoc’s life, the Biddlecombes called Ronald McDonald House Charities® Northern Alberta (RMHCNA) home from May 9, 2013, until returning home to Wetaskiwin on April 11, 2014.
Cadoc was born with chronic lung disease and pneumothorax. During his ups and downs, Cadoc spent his first 9 months in intensive care while his parents journeyed back and forth from the hospital to RMHCNA.
“We wouldn’t have been able to give Cadoc the consistent care that we were able to give him if not for RMHCNA,” says Descia.
The Biddlecombes loved watching the House kids participate in games and looked forward to when their son could join. They welcomed the joy that RMHCNA offered. The family also relied on Meals that Mend, which was truly their biggest stress reliever. The Biddlecombes want the many volunteers who prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner at the House to know how much of a difference they made.
“You need to refuel and have the energy to get through the journey. The meals program volunteers make that happen,” says Descia.
Cadoc and his family are now enjoying family life at home. Cadoc is growing and thriving despite hearing and sight loss. The extent and permanence of any delays will not be fully known until his 4th or 5th birthday, but you would never guess from his smiles and steady milestones.
“The sense of community that you feel at the House is immense. Going home was bittersweet. We were so happy at finally taking our baby home, yet fearful to leave the comforts and community of support,” says Descia.
Michael, Descia and Cadoc visit the House frequently, honouring our adage of once a House family, always a House family.