Nash and his Family

Ten-year-old boys are known for being mischievous and full of life. They may spend their days running outside and then immersing themselves in hours of video games on the couch before eating dinner with their families and going to bed, only to start the process all over again the next morning.

If you were to meet Nash, you would find that he is a mischievous ten-year-old who loves video games and eating dinner with his family. Unfortunately, Nash was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and is receiving treatment at the St. Jude Clinic in Peoria, which is over an hour away from his home. Thankfully, the nurses at St. Jude told Nash’s dad about Peoria Ronald McDonald House®, which is where they lived for 6 weeks while Nash received regular treatments.

Nash won the hearts of our staff and volunteers over, and he quickly became known as the House’s “resident food critic”, always chatting with our Guest Chefs while they prepared meals and sharing both his opinions and his gratitude. You could often find Nash and his dad (and mom and brother!) spending time together in the dining room, eating meals together. Nash’s dad also utilized our family kitchens in the House. He enjoys cooking and appreciated the availability of our family kitchens provide, which provided him a space to cook meals on his own schedule, whenever he wanted.

As mentioned, Nash is an avid video gamer. If he wasn’t chatting with our staff and volunteers, he could be found in our Komatsu Game Room. Quite competitive, Nash was always quick to engage other residents in a friendly competition!

Nash’s dad said, “The Ronald McDonald House has been a bright spot in our difficult journey. The staff and volunteers are positive and always eager to help out. I don’t know the donors, but I surmise they have a vision of outreach and a heart for families with children who have medical needs. Thank you!”

Over 70 Companies Make In-Kind Donations to Help Make the New Peoria Ronald McDonald House® Possible

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois is proud to recognize the 75 area companies that made donations of in-kind goods and services to the Peoria Ronald McDonald House during its build and grand opening, helping to make this new service possible in the community.

“We are so grateful to these 75 companies and wish to thank them for providing hundreds of goods and services needed for our new 40,000 sq. ft. House, from paint, to installation of headboards and artwork, to furniture and room design services. The resounding support of the businesses in this community has been incredible,” says Kelly Thompson, CEO of RMHC of Central Illinois.

Following is a list of the in-kind donors to the Peoria Ronald McDonald House:

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Local Art Pieces Brighten Smiles and Spaces

In January, we told you about Seventeen-year-old Jonathan, the very first guest to stay at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House®. He experienced firsthand what a healing environment can do for his health. His dad recently told us that Jonathan's numbers tracked for his illness have been improving since moving into Ronald McDonald House, and that Jonathan is producing hemoglobin for the first time in three months!

Well, Jonathan has been raving about some of the incredible art located throughout the Peoria House too! He even has a favorite, “Pollinators Delight,” which features a series of honeybee macro images hanging just outside the kitchen and dining area.

Thank you to the many local and regional artists who have helped make the Peoria House a place of comfort and support for our families in need.

And thank you to the many volunteers, including some of the artists pictured here, who spent hours hanging the artwork in the House before we opened!

Pictured (left to right): Andrew Hattermann, Marie Hatterman, Mike McGarvey, Michelle Funk, Rick Melby, Linda Hattermann, Eileen Leunig, Doug Leunig.

Pictured (left to right): Andrew Hattermann, Marie Hatterman, Mike McGarvey, Michelle Funk, Rick Melby, Linda Hattermann, Eileen Leunig, Doug Leunig.

Peoria House to Host a Chamber “Business Before Hours” – February 25, 2020

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois, a hospitality house that provides a supportive place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical care, is Hosting Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce's "Business Before Hours" on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Come enjoy a continental breakfast, tour our House, and discover how we partner with the community to extend compassionate care to families when catastrophe strikes the most cherished part of their lives – their children.

Parking is available in our parking lot across Spalding Ave. We look forward to welcoming you to our House bright and early!

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois, a hospitality house that provides a supportive place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical care, is hosting Business Before Hours on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

First Guests for Peoria House – Jonathan

During his recent 70-day stay in the hospital, it was sometimes hard for 17-year-old Jonathan to rest with the continuous beeping of machines in his hospital room. Today, he moved into the Dax Wing of the Peoria Ronald McDonald House® which gives him and his father the opportunity to relax in a private suite away from the noise, even just for a bit. With enough space for his entire family, he looks forward to a holiday season filled with family and friends in the comforts of the Peoria House. And that’s all possible because of our amazing donors, volunteers, and staff. Thank you central Illinois!
For an update about Jonathan, go here...

Central Illinois Proud: Peoria’s Ronald McDonald House needs donations to stock its suites, shelves

By Janie Bohlmann

PEORIA, Ill. — The Ronald McDonald House of Central Illinois needs donations for its suites.

CEO Kelly Thompson says they’re only around 65 percent stocked and would like to be 100 percent.

“Those donations are so important to create this home-like experience here, so that all of the supplies and all of the items that a family needs when they are staying with us, as long as needed, free of charge, we are just making it easy for them,” said Kelly Thompson, the CEO for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois.

The house opened in December and houses 22 families.

It’s a place where families with children receiving treatment stay...

Donations from the wishlist can be made online. The Ronald McDonald House in Peoria is registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, and Amazon.

“It’s a great way for anyone to get involved with our Ronald McDonald house here in Peoria, by donating items from our wishlist. It can be a box of wipes, Lysol wipes to items that we need every day like a supply of laundry detergent,” said Thompson...

Read the full article and watch the video at www.CentralIllinoisProud.com...

Volunteer Information Session on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Want to volunteer at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House®? We need you!

Come to our information session on Tuesday, February 18 at 5:30 pm and let’s chat on the many ways you can get involved at the House! The session will be held at the Peoria Ronald McDonald House, 401 NE Monroe Street Peoria IL.

Email Annie Spears at as@rmhc-centralillinois.org if you have any questions.

And YES, we have GROUP volunteer opportunities, too!

First Guests for Peoria House – Sara

Sara Whiteaker, proud mother of three, spreads her time between her newborn, Jackson, receiving treatment at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois®, and her two older children back home. While her husband, Jason, works nights, she drives up to three hours round-trip each day to take care of her family. Her stay at RMH will help bridge the gap between her home life and her son’s treatment—allowing more quality time with Jackson. To all our incredible donors, volunteers, and staff, thank you for helping us Keep Families Close®.

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