‘This was a big thing for our family’: family returns kindness to local charity after battle with deadly disease

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A Macon family is honoring Ronald McDonald House Charities after a five-month battle with a deadly disease.

The Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences’ ‘Festival of Trees’ is a local fundraising event. Community groups decorate and enter Christmas trees for display.

This year, one tree will have a non-traditional theme: the golden arches.

Seven years ago, Kimberly Seabrooks gave birth to premature twins, Jonas and Josiah. Doctors diagnosed Jonas with necrotizing enterocolitis, an intestinal disease that affects premature infants. To save Jonas’s life, pediatric surgeons removed 55cm of small intestine.

The preemie recovered from the high-risk surgery for more than five months at Medical Center Navicent Health. While in the Neonatal intensive care unit, Jonas received many blood transfusions and was on a ventilator. His mother says that their family was able to stay nearby thanks to RMHC.

Kimberly called a friend, Phylise Davis, and the two decided to honor the charity. They are entering a McDonald’s themed tree into this year’s Festival of Trees. The duo hopes that their tree will raise awareness, and donations, for RMHC.

To see this tree, and others, the Festival of Trees exhibit will be on display from November 11th through January. The museum is located at 4182 Forsyth Road in Macon, Georgia.