Ronald McDonald House Charities provided a place for baby Owen Lashomb's parents to stay while he was hospitalized

When baby Owen Lashomb was admitted to Golisano Children’s Hospital with a severe congenital heart defect in September, there was a good chance he would not live. Doctors knew if he survived emergency surgery, it could be days or weeks before he would be well enough to go home. 

Carly Weis remembers a social worker offering a room at the Ronald McDonald House so she and her husband could sleep just minutes away from their infant son. At first, Weis turned down the offer, but when she realized her 18-day-old child was being prepped for open-heart surgery, she reconsidered. 

“We ended up staying at the Ronald McDonald House for 12 of the 16 days Owen was in the hospital," said Weis, a Pittsford native. "The social worker told me later that even though I refused at first, she reserved us a room anyway.”

Weis says having a “home away from home” was a godsend as she and her husband Ryan Lashomb waited for Owen to recover. The Honeoye Falls couple never wanted to leave the hospital for fear that Owen’s condition would change and they would be called back under desperate circumstances. It was a comfort to be literally just down the hall.

Doctors have given Owen, who was born Sept. 9, a prognosis for normal heart function and complete recovery.

“We are so thankful for this charity. I knew I wanted to hold a fundraiser to give back in some way. It worked perfectly to hold it on Thanksgiving Day,” said Weis.

Weis is a yoga instructor at “Breathe,” a yoga studio and juice bar in Pittsford. She says 68 people signed up for her class that day and all of the fees were donated. Ronald McDonald House Charities President & CEO Kelly McCormick-Sullivan participated in the class and afterward, she filled in the details of how the charity provided housing for Weis and her husband at no cost.

“Again, we are blessed to be in a community with facilities and professionals willing to help children and parents in crisis,” said Weis. “I appreciate the many clients and staff members who donated in Owen’s name.”