I’m sure you all recognize this character as a symbol for fast food, Big Macs and Happy Meals. But what you may not know is that he is also the symbol for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which I was introduced to this weekend. I had heard of Ronald McDonald House (RMH) before, but never really knew what the charity did. Well, let me give you a quick overview! RMH’s are located in larger cities near Children’s Hospitals, and provide families with sick children a place to stay, a loving atmosphere, and support from the fabulous volunteers there as well as other families who are there. Right now I cannot even find the words to present the services that RMH provides to families so, I encourage you to please check out their website (click the link above) to see what this amazing charity can provide for families who have children requiring extended medical treatment.
I was privileged enough to be a visitor at the RHM in Lexington KY this past weekend. Baby Hanson’s parents have been accepted to stay at the Lexington location while Hanson is in the hospital recovering from his open heart surgery. They have a comfortable place to stay, a private bathroom, laundry facilities, use of TV’s and computers, and a home-cooked meal each evening.
Families who are accepted into RHM are asked to give a donation of $10 per night, but if they cannot afford that, they are still welcome to stay. RMH is run completely by donations, and having seen the tremendous effect it has on the families there, I am definitely their newest advocate! If you’re looking for a charity to contribute to, a charity that really makes a difference in the lives of ordinary people in need, check out Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Baby Hanson update: Hanson had his arterial switch surgery to repair the CHD he was born with on Thursday, February 23rd. I am so happy to report that Hanson came through his surgery and is recovering very well. His heart rate is strong and his blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels are great! I was able to see him for a few minutes yesterday and he is one amazing little boy. I promise I will post pictures of him as soon as I can! Thank you so much to all of you for the love, prayers and good wishes. Hanson and his family still have a long recovery ahead of them, but things are looking good so far!
Here is Ronald, he sits outside the RMH in Lexington to welcome all who visit. A very special character, indeed.