VALLEY, AL (WSFA) - Helping a sick child fight their illness can impact a family in a number of ways, including emotionally and financially. For one Chambers County family, they say it was the Ronald McDonald House Charities that helped lift a very heavy burden. Now, their story is being shared internationally.
Raylee Wright, 7, has faced more health challenges throughout her life than most kids her age. Unable to walk or talk, her great-grandfather Gene White is responsible for her daily care.
"I have been blessed overwhelming by this little girl," White said. "She is seven and wasn't suppose to live to be two. She is hope," he declared.
Raylee was born with an abnormal Microarray on her seventh chromosome, and she suffers from infantile spasms. At age four she was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.
"I compare it to this you get on a roller coaster, and you have on a blind fold," White explained. "You know the ups and downs and the curves, but you can't see them."
While undergoing 27 months of chemotherapy at Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham, the Ronald McDonald House became their second home.
"Words will never describe how much they mean to me," White admitted.
In 2015, Raylee was chosen to be the face of the organizations year-end giving campaign, and her family's story has been featured on the charity's main website.
"She has already reached the lives of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people," her great-grandfather said. "This is far more than an old man in Valley, Alabama will ever see in person...He [God] always takes the least among us and does the most."
Raylee and her great-grandfather are back home in Valley, and she's in remission! They still travel to Birmingham every month for check ups.
Ronald McDonald House Charities has local Chapters in more than 63 countries and regions around the world.
To check out Raylee's story or to donate, go to: http://www.rmhc.org/what-we-do