Life is sometimes difficult. I want my blog to be a helpful, witty read for everyone who visits. I also want to talk about things in life that are substantive and even hard to write about. Fourteen years ago my brother Robby had brain cancer at age 11. Our family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City during his operation and his treatments. I visited the house on my recent trip to the city. It is a very near and dear place to my heart. My brother is a private person so I don’t need to discuss his details, however I will say he is one of the most brave, courageous, tenacious survivors that I have ever known in my life. He overcame a nasty diagnosis and has persevered to become a driven, amazing adult. He was married last summer, I am a proud sister.
Ronald McDonald House provides a place to live for families of children battling serious illnesses. It is a haven and respite from often sad and lonely days spent away from family and friends. Staying at Ronald McDonald House gives families a sense of community and a safe environment to share with others struggling in similar circumstances. I can’t describe the house if you haven’t been a guest. It is something that stays with you forever and will have a special place in your heart – although some may or may not choose to talk about it. Wini Cudjoe is the current director of operations and has a heart as big as the city. The house is gorgeous and welcoming, walking through the doors you know you are somewhere special.
Giving time or donations to Ronald McDonald House is giving life and hope. Many of the families will lose their loved one and caring for these people during this time is the work of angels. I would encourage everyone reading this blog to visit the website for Ronald McDonald House of New York City or your local Ronald McDonald House.
For more information visit http://www.rmh-newyork.org/