The Issue: Burden of Extended Hospital Stays
When Kayla was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her father, Mike, was told she would need to spend four to six months at a hospital more than 900 miles away from home for chemotherapy and radiation. He didn't know what to do. Already under the emotional strain of his daughter's illness, the financial strain imposed by staying in a hotel for that long was too much. But then he received a call from Ronald McDonald House of Newfoundland and Labrador that offered him a place to stay that was steps away from the hospital, letting him be with his daughter throughout her treatment.
The Campaign: Housing Families of Hospitalized Children
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. to help families stay with their hospitalized children. For every $85 raised, one family can stay overnight at a Ronald McDonald House. Keeping families together helps them overcome the trauma of medical treatment and improves their overall health and well-being. To that end, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. is celebrating its Season of Giving and giving the gift of togetherness throughout the holiday season.
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc.
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. exists to directly improve the health and well-being of children. Every night, more than 12,000 families stay close to their hospitalized children in more than 336 Ronald McDonald Houses and 197 Family Rooms around the world. These locations include comfortable beds, kitchens, showers, and laundry facilities—everything families need while they focus on helping their children heal.
In addition to serving families receiving care at 78% of the world's top pediatric hospitals, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. and its network of local Chapters also provides health education and treatments for families in vulnerable communities who have difficulty accessing health, dental, and medical care. Fifty Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles around the world provide immunizations, dental care, check-ups, and referrals to ongoing medical support to kids from Thailand to New Orleans. Extending its reach around the world, the organization also invests in grants to nonprofits that focus on critical needs of children, and awards scholarships to rising U.S. high school seniors working toward a higher education.
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