Ronald McDonald House
‘Home Away from Home’ for Cardon Children’s patients, families
Through the support of a generous community, patients like eight-year-old Noah and his mom, Irma, who travel long distances to receive care at Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz. will get a new home away from home when the Valley’s third Ronald McDonald House opens at Cardon Children’s.
Like most parents whose children are facing a life-threatening illness, Irma Taylor felt helpless when her son was diagnosed with leukemia. With a 400-mile roundtrip drive from their home in Yuma, Ariz. to Cardon Children’s stacked on top, she also felt homeless. Unable to afford a hotel and with nowhere else to go, Irma believed her only options included sleeping in their car or driving back and forth to Yuma twice a week for Noah’s 10 weeks of outpatient treatment. That was, however, until Noah’s social worker referred them to the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix.
The house, which is located 20 miles from Cardon Children’s, gave Irma and her son a place to stay, complete with a kitchen in which to prepare the special diet prescribed by Noah’s doctors. Being surrounded by other families in similar situations, it also gave them an instant support group.
Irma, who described the house as their “home,” said, “It was such a relief to be close by and to not be alone.”
However, the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix is still 20 miles from Cardon Children’s, which meant driving 40 miles a day to get Noah the treatment he needed.
With generous support from organizations willing to invest in the meaning of “home,” patients and families of Cardon Children’s soon won’t have to travel far to find the comfort, convenience and security of home during treatment. To date, $1.4 million has been raised for the project, including a generous $500,000 gift from the Gila River Indian Community. McDonald’s owners/ operators in the Valley have committed to provide up to 75 percent of required operating expenses for the first three years.
Renovations to convert a former health care facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s into a 10,255-square-foot home away from home for up to 16 families a night will begin once funds are raised to cover the remaining $713,000 needed for the project.
Call (602) 747-4483 (GIVE) and learn how you can help give hospitalized children and their families the gifts of time and togetherness.