Thousands of families each year come to the Ronald McDonald House for various treatments, including premature births, cancer, congenital heart problems as well as severe injuries.
Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House have access to:
- an extended network of support from others going through similar hardships
- home-cooked meals and private living quarters
- a warm, supportive alternative to costly hotels and uncomfortable hospital waiting rooms
- arts and crafts activities and other non-critical support services
Providing such care for one family costs the Ronald McDonald House more than $80 per day. However despite cost, families are only asked to pay $20 per day, which is too steep for a lot of them. The Ronald McDonald House will never turn anyone away because they can't afford it.
This is why they need help, to continue their work.
Morning KOSI 101 DJ's Murphy and Denise did their broadcast from the Ronald McDonald House. The two of them explained how people can donate to the cause.
"Well it can be $20 one time, or $20 a month, which would make you a ray of hope. The number is 720-754-7788. We don't officially start until 6 a.m., but were kind of getting people prepped up about what's going to happen until 6 p.m. this afternoon," Murphy said.
They also talked about how The Ronald McDonald House helps so many families in need.
"You know I actually had the opportunity to be with the Ronald McDonald House. They helped my family when my son, Wyatt, was here at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children," Denise said.
"It is amazing because when you have other kids and those kids can't stay here at the hospital, but your youngest child, or child who is sick needs mom or dad. You need somebody here. So what it does is help families stay together in that time of need and with the financial crunch going on in so many people's lives, you would be surprised what $20 a month, if you commit for a year, and put down that coffee and donate $20 a month, you will help out so many families with sick children stay together."
For more information, you can go to http://bit.ly/ZBChoG.
Nate Chisholm contributed to this report.
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