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Ronald McDonald House celebrates 20th Anniversary

Colorado Springs, Colorado – June 6, 2012 –Ronald McDonald House celebrates 20th Anniversary Cameron Memorial Golf Tournament and Pre-Tourney

One of over 8,000 families who have called the Ronald McDonald House (311 North Logan) their home-away-from-home, Elizabeth Bailey and her family will be our featured guests at the Pre-Tourney at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 7 from 6 – 9 pm.

Newly seven, Elizabeth has been paralyzed from the neck down on three separate occasions, forcing her to relearn to walk and speak — the effects of an inoperable brain tumor on her brain stem. 

Her story was featured in April before a world-wide audience premiere of 20,000,  the Bailey’s becoming the face of the Ronald McDonald House Charities worldwide. 

After their four minute video premieres, Elizabeth is gifting original artwork to the Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital, ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Texas RoadHouse as an expression of thanks.  The live auction will open with bidding for a fifth piece. 

That’s the way it is for all of the families served by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado’s cornerstone programs.  Disease and illness are the great levelers; none of us asks for it to come – not for ourselves and certainly never for our children.  RMHCSC has been there for the last 25 years, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at the House that Love Built, allowing over 8,000 families to be near their critically ill child, which studies show helps them to heal faster. 

In 2011, between the House, the two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, we served just shy of 5,000 kids and their families (4,964).

Numerous photo/video opportunities are available.

Background information on Ronald McDonald House:

With over 300 Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the world, it all began when Fred Hill, a wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles, and his wife, Fran, learned their daughter, Kim, was diagnosed with Leukemia.  Spending as much time as they could at Kim’s bedside during her numerous hospitalizations, the Hill’s were all too familiar with their own exhaustion and could easily read it on the faces of other families at the hospital.  They knew there had to be a better way.  Conversations began, and, soon, the Hill’s dedication, commitment and resolve led to the opening of the first Ronald McDonald House in 1974, creating safe, comfortable home like environments for families to be near their critically ill children worldwide.

Sadly, Kim passed away last year after her brave and valiant fight, leaving behind a lifetime of memories and an enduring legacy of love and support. 

Information on Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado:

Alia Bailey (Elizabeth’s Mom) recently said, “When we learned our daughter was sick, an entire team of medical professionals were working to heal her body – which is of vital importance. Arriving at the Ronald McDonald House, my family found a team of people working to heal the spirit of our whole family. Thank you, Ronald McDonald House!”

Locally, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado’s hallmark programs have seen significant growth over the last five years – during an economic downturn.  The numbers speak for themselves: in 2005, RMHCSC served fewer than 300 children and their families.  Five years later, RMHCSC served over 4,600 children and their families at the House, in the two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms inside area hospitals and on the Care Mobile in 2010.  2011 numbers are higher, still, with 4,964 being served.

RMHCSC opened the state’s first Ronald McDonald Family Room in Memorial Hospital in 2008 and the second in St. Francis Medical Center in 2009.  Serving as respites for families within the hospital, the Family Rooms offer the same amenities as the House.  Open 365 days a year, 12 hours a day, the Family Rooms are manned 100% by volunteers.  Just steps away from their child, families rest, regaining their strength.   Healthy, nutritious foods and beverages are available for them at no cost.  They access email and the internet via laptops.  They shower, do their laundry and check out materials from a resource library.  In addition, the Family Rooms provide play rooms for siblings of the hospitalized child.

In February, 2009, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile arrived in our community.  The world’s first “green” Care Mobile travels to five counties along the Front Range four days a week, offering both preventative and restorative care to children 0 – 21 who are uninsured or underinsured.  A collaborative effort between RMHCSC and Peak Vista Community Health Centers, the Care Mobile aims to reduce access barriers – language, physical and financial.  One of the impetuses to bring this program to our community was a 12 year old boy who lost his life due to complications from having an untreated cavity.  Our agencies are committing to not letting this happen again, as none of us gets to choose what circumstances we’re born in to or what access to resources they may/may not have.   

All this “magic” happens, thanks to RMHCSC’s small but mighty staff, (four full time/one part time employee) and close to 200 volunteers, who truly are the backbone of our organization. 

RMHCSC receives 12% of our annual operating expenses through our relationship with McDonald’s, the remaining 88% is from donations, in kind gifts, grants and foundation support, as every Ronald McDonald House Charities is self sustaining. 

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