Why walk for Ronald McDonald House Pasadena?
|Children playing at the House will experience a sense of normalcy in the face of stress and medical trauma.||Stress and financial burden are reduced for families while far from home or if their child is facing a medical challenge||By keeping families close, they’re able to cope better with the support of family members and other families.||Enable current and past families to connect virtually and through telehealth.|
Meet Our Families
Ariel and RoseAna
Ariel was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer at seven years old. Requiring constant care and frequent follow-up appointments with her medical team, Ariel needed immediate access to the hospital; her home, however, was more than four hours away. When Ariel’s mother, RoseAna, learned about Ronald McDonald House Pasadena, she felt relieved to know that she could stay close to Ariel as she continued her treatment with the team of doctors who helped save her life.
Jesus and Karla
Jesus was born with meningocele, a condition which limits the growth and usage of the leg. With limited access to advanced medical treatment close to their home, Jesus' mother Karla refused to give up on finding the best medical care possible for her son. “My wish for Jesus is that he grows up like any normal child,” said Karla. With the best medical treatment over 700 miles away, Karla finds comfort knowing that doors of the Ronald McDonald House Pasadena will always be open along the long road of recovery for Jesus.
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Ronald McDonald House Pasadena is a “home-away-from-home” for families with critically-ill children, keeping them close to one another, their doctors, and needed medical care. The House is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal where they will lay their head at night to rest.
Since opening on Valentine's Day in 2004, the House has served more than 24,000 children and their families. Ronald McDonald House occupies three historic homes in Pasadena, just steps away from Huntington Memorial Hospital and Shriners for Children Medical Center and offers 17 guest bedrooms. Families staying at the House have access to a fully stocked pantry, meals prepared by volunteer groups, a large yard with outdoor seating and therapeutic family support services. Activities are coordinated by the House with volunteer groups to help families cope while their child is receiving treatment. Ronald McDonald House Pasadena is a program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. For more information, please visit our website at www.rmhcsc.org/pasadena.