At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, we strive to help families with sick children to face their circumstances with a sense of courage and hope as we provide them with the essentials needed to endure some of the most difficult times.
At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, we express our mission through our programs, which include six Ronald McDonald Houses in Bakersfield, Inland Empire, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Pasadena. We operate two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at CHOC Children's Hospital in Orange and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital, and we are developing new Family Rooms in Ventura, at Ventura County Medical Center, and in West Los Angeles, at UCLA/Mattel Children's Hospital. We are also one of the only Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters across the world that operates a cost-free, medically-supervised Camp for children with cancer and their families, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.
Brandon and Chelsea Bishop did everything in their power to care for their two-year-old daughter, Navy, when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 High-Risk Neuroblastoma. A tumor that had started behind her left eye quickly spread throughout her entire body.
Navy immediately needed the best treatment possible which was exclusively offered by Neuroblastoma Specialists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The Bishop family left their home in Henderson, Nevada and arrived to Los Angeles, not knowing how long they would be in town or where they would stay. Upon arriving to CHLA, the Bishop family was given the news there was a room available for them at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House.
“I felt relief! I felt like it was a sanctuary among the chaos. A place of refuge. I was so grateful we didn’t stress about where we needed to stay when we were first getting everything figured out for our daughter,” Chelsea said.
The Bishops initially stayed at the House for a little over a week and come back every three months for various chemotherapies, immunotherapies and radiation. The House gave the entire family, including Navy’s younger sister, Riley, the chance to stay together under one roof during these times.
“We don’t take anything for granted,” Chelsea said. “It is all a gift and a blessing to spend more time on this earth with our Navy girl.”
For more ways on ways you can help families, like the Bishops, please visit www.rmhcsc.org