Crystal’s saving grace was the Ronald McDonald House – a place of respite and refuge; hope and support when the doctors told her that her twins only had 24 hours to live. The twins and Crystal survived, in part, because of the staff, volunteers and other families at the Dallas Ronald McDonald House who opened their doors and offered Crystal a place to rest, a compassionate hug when she returned from the hospital, an ear to listen to her worries, and comforting words to help guide her through the darkest days.
At the top of the Dallas Ronald McDonald House is a beacon of light which can be seen from the hospital. For children it's an easy way to identify exactly where their parents are staying. For Crystal though, the beacon wasn't just an identifier, it was a light of hope. "The House helped my twins’ recovery because I was able to be there with them to give them strength when they were fighting for their lives," said Crystal. "The House was a complete blessing.”
In 2010 Kai’Liegh, Ky’Briegh and Crystal reunited at the Ronald McDonald House and celebrated their second birthday with some of the other families and friends they met during their stay. Their testament of survival became a beacon of hope for others families that day as they celebrated the health and happiness of two special sisters.