The 2019 Home Away From Home Appeal
Help us keep families close when they need it most.
A message from St. Louis Blues Defenseman, Colton Parayko:
My name is Colton Parayko. You may know me best as #55 for the St. Louis Blues. However, off the ice, I have another important title – Ronald McDonald House volunteer! I am so fortunate to be involved with such an outstanding and caring organization.
This amazing charity has held a special place in my heart for several years. Recently, my love for RMHC grew, even more, when I saw how they helped my friend Laila Anderson and her family. Laila is an incredible 11-year-old from St. Louis who is battling a life-threatening auto-immune disease called HLH. Many people also know her as the Blues’ good luck charm after she helped lead the Blues to a Stanley Cup victory this past June.
Laila shared these very heartfelt words about the Ronald McDonald Family Room, which had a major impact on her family: “RMHC gave my family a place to wash my clothes every day when I was in isolation. It also gave my mom a place to make cupcakes to celebrate my new birthday after my transplant. It’s like a home at the hospital, so our parents don’t have to leave us.”
Laila and I have seen firsthand the comfort, care and home-away-from-home that RMHC provides. That’s why we are so proud to serve as the Honorary Chairs for RMHC’s 2019 Home Away from Home Appeal. It’s also why we are asking you to help us reach an extraordinary goal – raising $800,000 for seriously ill children and their families.