How and when did you first hear about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana?
I first heard about Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana through my co-anchor Stefan Holt. He was attending an event, and he invited me along.
I was hooked ever since I met all of the incredible people behind the organization. Then, I toured the new Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s, the nation’s largest Ronald McDonald House, and fell in love with the amazing work the staff and volunteers do for all of the families staying there.
What motivated you to get involved with RMHC-CNI? (When there are so many charities out there!)
I first became familiar with Ronald McDonald House Charities in Houston/Galveston. My 7-year-old nephew was burned in a bonfire in Bolivia, and the Ronald McDonald House in Houston/Galveston opened its doors for my cousins and nephew while he received treatment and surgery for his third-degree burns all over his body.
Ronald McDonald House gave them peace of mind, and gave them hope and warmth when they needed it the most. I visited him there several times, and I was amazed by the passion and care the staff and volunteers gave my family in a time of hardship. They opened their arms to us, kept the family together and made them feel at home. Most importantly, they taught my young nephew many lessons that I know he will never forget.
Till this day, he continues to fly to Houston/Galveston for treatments and surgery, and he will continue to do that for the rest of his life, and I have no doubt Ronald McDonald House will always open their doors to them.
What has been your favorite part about being involved or becoming connected with the charity?
Feeling the personal connection and seeing how the Ronald McDonald Houses bless families in so many amazing ways.