Welcome to my Walk for Kids page!
Welcome to my personal Walk for Kids page!
I'm reaching out to you as I need your help.
As many of you know, I've been on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House for a few years. This year is the first time in four years that I am not the Chair of the Walk; however, as of January 1st, I am the President of the Board and will serve in that capacity for the next two years.
Although I’ve been involved with the House for several years, I don’t know that I truly appreciated the extent of the need and importance of it until these past six months… As some of you know, I just wrapped my radiation treatment. I had to be at UCLA every weekday for four weeks for treatment; missing a day was not an option… As I sat in the waiting room, I was often joined by ill children (and their parents) who were waiting for similar treatment. It truly breaks your heart to see these kids… Many of them come from far away as their parents want to make sure their children get the best care possible. But that also means the families need somewhere to stay, and as you all know, hotels in LA are not cheap…
Ronald McDonald Houses provide a "home-away from home" for families with seriously ill children. While the sick child is nearby at some of the world's best hospitals, the Ronald McDonald Houses enable the families to stay close by, joined by other families going through a similar experience. Staying with other families that are going through something similar helps these families tremendously, both emotionally and financially.
The support the House is able to provide the families with ill children is simply beyond amazing. Our House provides an integral part of the healing process, a place of wellness for the families, a place to rest, to make a meal, or share a conversation with another parent or sibling. The families are asked to pay $25 per night (versus an actual cost of $175). No family is ever turned away because they are unable to pay – approximately 71% of our families can't even afford to pay the $25 per night...
The House has two major annual fundraisers to support the mission – Mac Tonight, which is our annual Gala Event, and the Walk for Kids. The Walk for Kids is our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year.
I would love to have you join my Walk team, The Bryant Crew; it's easy to do, just click on the red Join Lena's Team button on the right. If you can't make it to the Walk but are interested in making a secure online donation to help me reach my fundraising goal, please click the red Donate Now button to the right of the page.
Thank you for your support! I hope to see you at the 2019 Walk for Kids on April 7th at Exposition Park!
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