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In 2010, the McDonalds lost their sweet Mia, a heart transplant recipient, while on her Make-a-Wish trip to Disneyworld. They have continued to share her love through their #loveformia campaign where they show acts of service particularly to those needs of young patients and their families.

In 2020, John was diagnosed with metastatic adenoid cystic carcinoma. There is currently no cure for this rare form of cancer.

Most recently, Mimi’s own heart needed some “fixing” as her valve wore out and had it replaced with a porcine (pig) set. She had to stop working as she faced her long recovery with nothing but grace and laughter.

They’ve had their share of trials, but you’d almost never know. Their smiles and sense of humor make everyone feel at home. Aside from their amazing family, traveling and service bring them so much joy.

Thanks to such generous donors, we are beyond excited to scholarship them on our first ROAM Humanitarian trip to Peru! Peru is at the top of John’s bucketlist and we couldn’t be happier to bring them and their 11 year-old son Sam along to Peru with us.

Follow their journey while they continue to rock at life @mimimcdonald.

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