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News - February 10, 2012

Ronald McDonald House eyes major expansion

As demand spikes, residence for families with seriously ill children looks to double its space

by Gennady Sheyner

On a typical day, 11-year-old Adrienne Tamayo takes classes, plays a video game that requires her to dance like Michael Jackson, crafts Shrinky Dinks or colorful picture frames, takes 12 types of medication and undergoes a three-hour-long dialysis session at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

I hope the council approves this expansion without ANY debate - what a terrific cause!

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Posted by Gethin
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I agree with Paul. Its a wonderful resource for people in very difficult circumstances. Every effort should be made to expand the service and as quickly as possible.

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Posted by Proofreader
a resident of South of Midtown
on Feb 14, 2012 at 1:21 am

Gennady: The "Dalai Llama"? A pack animal in saffron robes? As the old jingle goes, "The one-l lama, he's a priest; the two-l llama, he's a beast.".

Other than that, it's nice to hear that more people will be served at the Ronald McDonald House.

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Posted by Selene
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I spent time with my teenage cousin who had lung cancer in a Ronald McDonald House in Portland and was so impressed. He stayed there a lot over the course of a few years and made amazing friends. The family was able to have time together in a home environment, a necessary break from hospital life. There was always food and fun to be had. A am a big fan - more rooms sounds good to me!

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Posted by Yvette Z.
a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I know Adrienne and her family well after also recently staying at the Ronald McDonald House @ Stanford for the past year with our 11 year old son diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy and awaiting a heart transplant. This organization is awesome and we will forever be greatful for the experience that we had there during such a difficult time for my husband and 2 other small children. They accomadated all of our family and the staff were very kind and supportive. The playrooms and library allowed us to leave our small children and take our ill son to his many appointments before and after his transplant surgery. The families, and organizations that came in 4-7 days a week giving us home cooked meals was the best, and biggest part needed for families due to many hours caring for our ill children it made a world of difference to not have to worry about cooking after long days and nights at the hospital. Christmas was the best ever, they set up a room as "Santa's Workshop" and allowed the parents to go in daily for 2 weeks and choose gifts for each of our children!..It was so fun and really helped familes being that many parents loose their jobs or cannot work due to caring for a sick child. Our son now cannot wait until he turns 16 so that he can be a volunteer there one day!

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