Welcome to My Personal Page: Team Welcome Home
Welcome to my personal 2019 Walk for Kids page! I hope that you will join me in raising money for seriously ill children and their families at the Ventura Ronald McDonald Family Room. Be sure to check back to view my progress, and please share this page so that I can reach my fundraising goal!
Did you know a Ronald McDonald Room is in the works for Ventura County Medical Center? No, this is not a McDonalds at the hospital. This is a family room where families of children being treated for cancer, blood diseases and other significant health issues can refresh, relax, and find empathy and support from other families.
Our family was personally touched by the generosity of Ronald McDonald House donors when Avery was born 11 weeks premature and needed NICU care at a specialized hospital due to heart issues in addition to being a Preemie. We were invited to stay in the Ronald McDonald House, which saved the day as our home was at minimum 45 minutes from the hospital without traffic. Our stay lasted for nearly two months and this was a very affordable option, which allowed us to focus our energy on Avery without worrying that long term hotel costs would be prohibitive. Thirteen years ago, our cost to stay there was $7 a night! We had a private room that was very much like a motel room, and it was across the street from the hospital.
Here in Ventura County, it won’t be a motel-like setting, but it will be a place for families of young patients to go for a break, a good cry, a nap, a meal, a shower and so much more. They can get work done, meet with other families, have important talks with their own family members without being in the treatment rooms, etc. There have been outstanding donations to date but more are needed. A walk is also slated to raise additional funds. To donate directly, sign up to walk, start your own team, and for additional information, please visit the Walk for Kids page. If you are unable to walk but want to participate in the walk, you can even be a Virtual Walker on our team for a registration fee of $25.
For more than 40 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California has been dedicated to creating a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy through the operation of Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a Community Grant Board and four scholarship programs. When you participate in the Walk for Kids, you are showing your support for families who are facing the fear and uncertainty of having a seriously ill child.
If you 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! We hope to see you at the 2019 Walk for Kids!
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