Cancer Awareness and Support Returns to Ronald McDonald House
Twice per year, the Cancer Awareness and Support committee volunteers prepare a healthy meal for the families of children with cancer who are staying at New York’s Ronald McDonald House (RMDH).
Children stay at RMDH when they are going through intensive medical treatment at NYC-area hospitals and spending a majority of their time at doctor’s visits. Many are far away from friends and families so the volunteers prepare healthy meals as a way to let families know that there are people in the community who want to help provide relief and comfort for them.
Throughout the visit, volunteers engaged the children in pumpkin decorating, providing them with a fun activity and a way to find solace during such an emotionally and physically taxing time.
Children ranging from toddlers to teenagers enjoyed decorating their pumpkins with stickers and glitter. One parent, whose son doesn’t normally doesn’t join in group activities, remarked that he was very happy and excited to decorate his pumpkin.
Parents were also appreciative of the meal selection, which included turkey meatballs, whole grain chicken breast nuggets, mac ‘n’ cheese, mixed vegetables, salads, and a variety of cookies. Many parents remarked on how difficult it was to find meals, such as this, that their children actually enjoyed eating!
Since 1978, RMDH’s mission has been to provide temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families, working with organizations like the New York Junior League to help provide meals for the families staying at RMDH throughout the year. This specific RMDH location on East 73rd Street can accommodate 84 families and is filled to capacity almost every night. In addition to providing support and emotional and physical care, RMDH offers tutors, music and art programs, and parties to celebrate holidays and birthdays. In such serious and emotional circumstances, the support is greatly appreciated by all!