Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — In 1973 Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill learned that his daughter, Kim had leukemia. During his daughter’s time at the hospital, Fred discovered that many families whose children were also receiving care were driving hours to the hospital, had been staying in the waiting rooms for long periods of time, as well as had been eating meals out of the hospital vending machines. Families were balancing these obstacles, major expenses, and more all while dealing with the stresses and heartbreak of an ill child.
Fred and his wife, Fran saddened to witness this reality began searching for a solution which is what led to the establishment of the first Ronald McDonald House.
Today, there are 366 houses worldwide as well as a Ronald McDonald House right here in Southwest Virginia. While the pandemic altered the way many of the charities’ locations have been able to serve families, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia, Shannon Boothe shares insight into how the charity has altered its model in order to continue serving families as well as offers ways that members of the community can be proactive in helping their team to continue to fulfill their mission of bringing home and hope to regional families.
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