To Step Away and Still Be So Close

The first thing Caity and Trenton Pitcock wanted to do after leaving the hospital was to go fishing. After spending nearly six weeks in the Burn Unit, including a month long medically induced coma, the siblings were eager to return to their normal life.

On May 29th, the two children, along with their family were sitting near a campfire when it exploded, covering nearly 30% of their bodies with burns. The children were soon admitted to Via Christi St. Francis while their parents Taton and Natosha Pitcock were left with nowhere to stay.

They soon heard about the Ronald McDonald House. “It was really nice to have this to come to, to be able to step away and still be so close,” Taton Pitcock remembers.

Natosha was grateful for having a home away from home so close to their children. “It’s homier than a hotel. Even though you are still stressed, to be able to shower and relax and still be so close that you know you are right here.”

Taton wanted to thank the volunteers for making their stay possible, and for providing them with the comforts of home. “After having hospital or fast food, it was nice to have a home cooked meal.”

Even before he left, Taton was already planning his next trip back to the Ronald McDonald House. “I wanted to come back and cook some meals, to kinda give back what I got.”

Caity, Trenton, Taton, and Natosha Pitcock were finally able to go home on July 9th.