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Ronald McDonald House Helps Two Families Find Lasting Friends

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SPOKANE, WA -

Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation provide places for families to stay when their kids are going through treatment.

One Montana family said that their stay at a Spokane Ronald McDonald House has provided them with a whole new family.

"Our daughter was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on August 21," Jacob Allred said.

Jacob and his wife, Jessica, brought their daughter, Isabella, to Spokane from their home in Polson for her cancer treatment and have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House since December.

"Well, Damon was having bruising, random ear infections. He just got really sick, stopped eating. They Care-Flighted us here, and the doc confirmed the next day, November 5, that he had ALL, just like Bella," Willie Vasquez said.

And Willie and Matt Vasquez have been at the Ronald McDonald House, away from their home in the tri-cities for over 100 days.

"We spent some time in a motel before we got here, and it was pretty tough and scary because you're in a motel, when we got here we were very thankful to be here," she added.

Both families were especially thankful to meet each other, not only for the sake of their kids.

"When Bella was in the hospital, Damon missed her. He asked for her every day until she came back," Willie mentioned.

"Just the way they look at each other. I don't know how to explain it. They just see it. The way they respond and love on each other, just you can see it in their eyes," Jessica added.

But also each other.

"It's made it a lot easier. When I'm having a bad day, Willie is there for me," Jessica confided.

And Willie agreed, "It's helpful to have good people in the battle with you who get it. They get how terrifying a 99.4 degree temperature can be for an immune-compromised kid, where a regular kid would be fine, you're crazy!"

Isabella and her family get to leave the Ronald McDonald House in about a week. Damon and his family still have to stay for a few more months. But the bonds they made at this house, although unexpected, will last for years to come.

"I don't see how I would be able to do it without them. Now that I have them, now that I have them, they can't go away!" Willie exclaimed.

"We got a whole new life here that we made. It'll be weird to be home in own house, and not having other family just down the hall," Jacob continued.

Allison Flicker reporting, for KHQ News

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