Erin's pregnancy was not progressing as quickly as expected. After consulting with specialty doctors at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond—two hours away from her home in Dundas, VA—she learned that her child was suffering from gastroschisis, a condition in which a baby’s intestines grow on the outside of their body.
After hearing this heartbreaking news, Erin was unsure of how she could stay nearby baby Isabella for an extended period of time while she was undergoing treatment after birth. Erin’s doctor connected her to a social worker who gave her information about staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Erin was relieved to be able to stay nearby and commented, "there was overwhelming positivity throughout the Ronald McDonald House."