Meet Nicholas Purschke

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In honor of his family’s past stay at a Ronald McDonald House, Nicholas Purschke designed and built an outdoor oasis for families to enjoy.

When St. Louis native Nicholas Purschke, had to choose his Eagle Scout Service Project, it was clear how he wanted to give back. He decided to help provide the comforts of home to guest families by creating a beautiful butterfly garden at his local Ronald McDonald House.

“I chose to do my project for the RMHC because it was like a second home to me,” says Nicholas.

Nicholas was born with a rare genetic neurological disease called adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). Throughout his young life, Nicholas has traveled frequently to seek treatment at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, until he needed a bone marrow transplant which took place in Minnesota.

In 2016, the Purschke family called the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis their home-away-from-home for three months during Nicholas’s recovery. Since that time, they make an annual trip for follow-up appointments to monitor his progress, always making time during their visits to see the Ronald McDonald House

“We know firsthand how much of a home-away-from-home this is for families dealing with sick children. The Ronald McDonald House was a lifesaver for ours,” says Nicholas’s mother, Julie.

This August, Nicholas led Boy Scout Troop #630 in the designing and building of the new butterfly garden, located right off the front steps of the Park Avenue Ronald McDonald House.

Julie sums up the experience well: “Nicholas knew he wanted to give back in a special way to this special place.” Says Julie.

And for that, we couldn’t be more grateful.