Justin Gates wrote -
I have dedicated months of my life to the sport I love ~running~! I am running the Boston Marathon in April 2015 and would like to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida. Here is why I chose the RMHC:
I am thankful for having the opportunity to spend each and every day with my beautiful daughter. The fact that she is healthy and has the resources to be successful means the world to me. Over the years, I have volunteered time to the RMHC of Northwest Florida and seen the families and children impacted daily. The success stories and thankfulness of all these families has touched my life in a number of ways. The RMHC of Northwest Florida is a beautiful facility that provides stay, meals, and a number of other things to families in need. The money raised from this cause can help the RMHC in a number of ways and help the RMHC continue to provide to children and families in need. Every little amount helps me towards my goal of raising $3,000.
A little about the RMHC of Northwest Florida:
The Heart to Heart Program is vital to the success of the Ronald McDonald House as it connects the hearts of donors to those of hurting families who are experiencing a medical crisis. Understandably, families desire to be as close as possible to their injured or ill child. For families who live at a distance, this creates tremendous stress and financial burdens as families are separated; parents take turns being at a child’s bedside; and travel, lodging, and meal costs escalate. The House lifts families’ burdens and gives them peace of mind in knowing where their next meal will come from and where they will sleep at night.
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida serve the families of children that are seriously ill or injured. Many families arrive unexpectedly in Pensacola following a routine doctor’s visit that uncovers an urgent medical need. At times, children and their mothers are transported by ambulance to the region’s only children’s hospital. In the rush of getting to the hospital, families arrive not knowing where they will obtain their next meal and where they are going to sleep at night. In 2014, RMHC of NWFL served more than 1,100 families. If the House had not been available, families reported they would have stayed in the hospital waiting room (32%), in a hotel (31%), or in their vehicle (13%) in order to be near their children. Given the high cost of out-of-town medical treatment, 24 percent of the families said they would have stayed at home even though their children needed them close by.
Thanks for all the Support!!!!