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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF INDIANA INC
June 29, 2011

On October 25, 1996 my 7 month old son, William, was diagnosed with Infant acute lymphocytic leukemia (Infant ALL) with a 19% cure rate. My wife and I took William to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis for what would end up being 2 years and 3 months of treatment. At the time Will was diagnosed, we had no real idea what services the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana (RMH) provided. Two weeks into Will's treatment he ended up in ICU and we found ourselves in need of a place to stay that was as close to the hospital as possible. The RMH provided us, and provides thousand of families, with a safe place to stay while their child is receiving medical care. Having the RMH eliminates the stressors of “Where are we going to stay?”, “What are we going to eat?”, “How are we going to pay for those items?,” and “How can I get a break to rest?”. The RMH allowed us to focus our emotional and physical resources on our son and his care.

Unfortunately, Will passed away on January 7, 1999. Since then I have found that being a volunteer/board member of the RMH is my best way to remember Will and help other families whose children need to receive critical medical care.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We were guests of the house while our son was in the ICU and personally experienced and benefited from all the support from the RMH programs and volunteers.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the capacity of the RMH to serve even more families in need.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I volunteer on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana.