A "Home Away From Home"
When your child is sick, you want the best care possible - even if it is hundreds or thousands of miles away. The treatment may last a day, a month, or even longer. It's a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having their mom and dad close by for love and support.
For families facing the serious illness of a child, there are many unknowns. Today, the question "Where will I stay?" doesn't have to be one of them thanks to the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, GA.
For the hundreds of families who find themselves away from home during a medical crisis, lodging alternatives are slim. Those who cannot afford a hotel must commute, doze in a hospital waiting room or at best, sleep in their car. Even for those who can afford a hotel, the cost of an extended stay can be more that most families can bear.
The Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, GA provides temporary lodging to the families of children, age 21 or younger, who travel to Columbus for specialized medical care. Staying at our Ronald McDonald House allows parents the ability to better communicate with their child’s medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans when needed. Families who cross our threshold seek respite, an encouraging word, a place to rest, regroup and ready themselves to face whatever tomorrow may bring. For these individuals, our Ronald McDonald House represents more than just a place to stay; it is a place of warmth, comfort and caring.
Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. The Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, GA keeps families together and allows parents to make a promise to their sick child that they know they can keep - "No matter what, we'll be right here with you!"
Please take a moment to watch this touching video created and shared by one
of our previous families that is simply amazing and illustrates why we do what we do!
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