KEEPING FAMILIES CLOSE IS WHAT MATTERS MOST.
Shooting hockey pucks down the hallway with St. Louis Blues Defenseman Colton Parayko – sounds like every kid’s dream, right? Well, it is! But for seriously ill children being treated in a hospital far from home, so is having Mom and Dad nearby.
That’s why Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis exists – to keep families close when they need it most. But, we can’t do it without your support. Please join Colton Parayko, RMHC volunteer and our 2018 Home Away from Home Appeal Honorary Chair, in helping us meet this year’s GOAL of $800,000! Your contribution to the 2018 Home Away from Home Appeal will help us give thousands of seriously ill children the best gift possible this holiday season – the unconditional love of family.
To make a donation, please click the button below or use the donation form at the bottom of this page. As always, 100% of your gift stays in St. Louis, and gifts of all sizes make a difference.
An Open Letter From an RMHC St. Louis NICU Mom
Dear Friends of RMHC St. Louis,
This month, we celebrated my son Jase’s first birthday. I’m hopeful that we will also be celebrating another important milestone – finally being able to take our baby home, just in time for the holidays.
On December 5, 2017, Jase was born nearly three months early. He hasn’t left the hospital since. For one year, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital has been his home-away-from-home, and the Ronald McDonald House on Park Avenue has been mine. For me, staying at the Ronald McDonald House means that Jase is never alone. Rather than being two hours away in our hometown of Murphysboro, Illinois, I am just minutes away.
Thanks to RMHC, I can spend my days by his side, and my husband and older son can visit him on the weekends. Once we leave the hospital, Jase will still face many challenges. He will need a ventilator and other special equipment, and there will be numerous trips to St. Louis Children’s Hospital – and stays at the Ronald McDonald House – in our future. However, having my family together under the same roof (our own roof!) very soon will mean more to me than words can say.
Although I am overcome with joy at the thought of going home, I also can’t help but think about all of the families, especially the friends I’ve made at the Ronald McDonald House, who cannot be home for the holidays. During this Season of Giving, please open your heart so that Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis can continue opening its doors to seriously ill children and their families, like mine.
Your support means the world to us.