Why walk for Ronald McDonald House Pasadena?
Meet The Watson Family
At Ronald McDonald House Pasadena, we know that healing happens together. By participating in Walk for Kids: Pasadena 2022, you create a community to support families like the Watsons. Together, children and families can embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage, and joy.
The Watson Family first stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in 2018 while seven-year-old Alanna Watson was being treated for medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer. The House was able to keep the Watson family close to one another, and close to Alanna's much needed medical treatment.
Near the completion of her treatment, Alanna was able to visit Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. During her Camp session, Alanna enjoyed the chance to have fun with children her own age, after the isolation she’d experienced in the hospital.
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.