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5th Annual Labor Day Ducky Derby September 6, 2021

Join us on Monday, September 6, 2021, at 11 am for our annual Labor Day Ducky Derby at Knight's Action Park! Proceeds from this event will support the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois.

Join us on Monday, September 6, 2021, at 11 am for our annual Labor Day Ducky Derby at Knight's Action Park! Proceeds from this event will support the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois. All ducks purchased will be entered to race the Ducky Derby in the Wild River at Knight's Action Park on Labor Day afternoon! Admission is free to watch the race and children are welcome! For additional information see below.

What are the winning prizes?

Join us on Monday, September 6, 2021, at 11 am for our annual Labor Day Ducky Derby at Knight's Action Park! Proceeds from this event will support the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois.

Prizes are as follows:

  • First Prize: $2,500 cash
  • Second Prize: BUNN Family Farms 1/2 steer of beef

Questions? Call or email Development Director Kendyl Wear at kw@rmhc-centralillinois.org or (217) 528-3314 x148.

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Book Drive for The Ronald McDonald House at Springfield Papa Murphy’s – May 26, 2021

Visit Springfield, IL Papa Murphy's on Wednesday May 26th, from 11am-8pm and mention books for the Ronald McDonald house and Papa Murphy's will donate 20% of your regular priced order to purchase Usborne books for Children of the Ronald McDonald House.

You can also make a book purchase for your own family or make a donation to buy books for the Children at The Ronald McDonald house.

Shop HERE: https://z11196.myubam.com/2110073

Donate HERE: https://paypal.me/pools/c/8z3IkmeQon

Don't forget to enter to WIN a FREE LARGE PIZZA when you make a pizza purchase on May 26th towards books for the Ronald McDonald House! (Springfield, IL Papa Murphy's Locations)

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Visit Springfield, IL Papa Murphy's on Wednesday May 26th, from 11am-8pm and mention books for the Ronald McDonald house and Papa Murphy's will donate 20% of your regular priced order to purchase Usborne books for Children of the Ronald McDonald House.

NPR’s Community Voices: Katie Alsup, Springfield Program Director at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois

Katie Alsup, RMHCCI Springfield Program DirectorKatie Alsup, Springfield program director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois, joins Bea Bonner on NPR Illinois' Community Voices to share the services they provide to families with ill children. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois provides a supportive place for families to stay while their child is receiving medical care, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children.

Katie Alsup oversees the house, maintenance, attention to the children, she reviews applications, does background checks for the families, and is in charge of volunteers.

Listen to the interview at NPRIllinois.org... 

Katie & Nora – “The Ronald McDonald House is a safe place to come home to each night after long hours in the NICU.”

In June 2019, Katie Hahn was surprised to learn that she was in labor with her daughter, Nora, a full two months before her due date. Because Nora was born early, she needed to be monitored in the NICU at St. John’s hospital, which was about a 45-minute drive from Katie’s home in Decatur.

One of the nurses told Katie about the Springfield Ronald McDonald House, and thankfully, Katie was able to get a room at the House so she could stay nearby her daughter. Katie said that she had always heard of Ronald McDonald House but never really knew what the organization did or how it might help her so much in her time of need one day.

Katie explained that the most helpful part of staying at the House was being so close to her daughter. When your child is sick and in the hospital, the last thing you want to worry about is how you will afford to stay in a hotel or travel back and forth to your house.

“The House is a money saver, a time saver, and a life saver. It is a safe place to come home to each night after long hours in the NICU.”

Today, Nora is just shy of 1 year and 9 months old. She runs around her house like any toddler, and you would never know that she was born two months premature.

Families who stay at our Springfield and Peoria Houses are never asked to pay, and they are able to stay for as long as needed while their child is receiving medical care. The donations that you make directly benefit families like Katie’s. Please Donate Today!

RMHCCI 27th Annual Springfield Golf Classic – June 21, 2021!

Love a good Golf Scramble? Put Monday, June 21, 2021 on your calendar and start thinking about who you want on your four-player team! Our 27th annual Golf Classic will take place at Piper Glen Golf Club in Springfield again this year. This is a great way to help Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Illinois and the families we serve!

Please contact Kendyl Wear (kw@rmhc-centralillinois.org or call 217-528-3314) for questions.

The Obosu Family – “People came together to meet the needs of a family they didn’t even know”

Hezekiah Obosu was born at 23 weeks and 5 days, weighing 1 pound, 2 ounces, and measuring 12 inches long. His parents, Richard and Cheri, describe their experience of having Hezekiah in the NICU as "the hardest thing we have ever been through." They spent their days wondering if their little boy would make it, and the worst part was having to leave his bedside each night, and not being able to pick him up and squeeze him tight because he was connected to so many cords.

Richard and Cheri live an hour away from Springfield. They found comfort, though, at the Springfield Ronald McDonald House, which was right across the street from the NICU. Cheri says that staying at the House was like, "being surrounded by hundreds of people we had never met, making sure our focus could be on our son. The Ronald McDonald House gave us a place where we could sleep, shower, eat meals, and do our laundry. Strangers brought home cooked meals so we weren’t reliant on fast food."

"Our NICU stay lasted just a few days shy of 8 months, and I can't imagine reliving that experience. I’m not sure how we would have functioned if it weren’t for the large group of strangers who came together to meet the needs of a family they didn’t even know."

Support Ronald McDonald House by Purchasing your Morning Coffee at one of our “Coffee for a Cause” Partners!

Our Home for the Holidays campaign started on #GivingTuesday! All gifts, today through December 8th, will help us make our Springfield and Peoria Ronald McDonald Houses feel like home to the families we serve during this holiday season.

If you are in Springfield, one way you can support this campaign is by purchasing your morning coffee at one of our Coffee for a Cause partners: Caribou Coffee, Custom Cup, BUNN Gourmet, or Papo’s Cafe! Get your much needed caffeine fix, and support local businesses for a good cause!

The Hiller Family – “The Staff Became like Family”

Michael and Kayla Hiller had an appointment when Kayla was 29 weeks pregnant. At this appointment, their doctor discovered that their son was not getting enough blood flow to the placenta, so Kayla was rushed to the hospital. There, she was diagnosed with preeclampsia, and was told she would need to stay in the hospital for blood pressure monitoring for several weeks until her son was born.

On August 13, 2020, Aries Dale Hiller was born, 10 weeks early. He weighed 2 pounds, 10 ounces. Kayla was able to see Aries for only a few minutes before he was taken to the NICU, while Kayla was taken back to her room to monitor her rising blood pressure. Kayla was unable to visit Aries for 5 days due to her condition. Finally, though, her doctor allowed her to visit Aries, and her blood pressure decreased.

Kayla and Michael were living an hour and a half from Springfield. For a week, Kayla’s parents drove her to Springfield each day. Finally, a spot in the Springfield Ronald McDonald House became available, allowing Kayla and Michael to move in on August 27th.

“Right away, the staff became like family. They asked us each day how we were and how our sweet baby was doing. Some days were harder than others, but Katie (Springfield Program Director) and other staff members were so kind to us and were there if we needed to vent or cry.”

Of her relationship with the other parents staying at the House, Kayla says, “Being a new mom is scary but wonderful at the same time. The other moms and I bonded over our shared experiences, and it was nice to have them at the House to bond with, talk to, and cheer each other up.”

Another highlight of staying at the Ronald McDonald House was the provided meals. Kayla explained, “No one knows how difficult it can be to remember to eat or make time to get food when you are going back and forth to the hospital every day. Having prepared food waiting for us at the House was a blessing. We could focus solely on seeing our child.

Kayla and Michael stayed at the Springfield Ronald McDonald House for about two months. Aries is a happy, healthy, and growing boy!

Allstate Insurance’s Inaugural Golf Outing Supports Ronald McDonald House!

Last week, Allstate Insurance Agent: Shawn Miller hosted the office's inaugural golf outing, which benefited Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois! Thanks to Shawn, his staff, and all participants for supporting us!

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Last week, Allstate Insurance Agent: Shawn Miller hosted the office's inaugural golf outing, which benefited Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois! Thanks to Shawn, his staff, and all participants for supporting us!

From L-R: Development Director Kendyl Wear; Chief Executive Officer Amber Kaylor; Allstate Insurance Agent: Shawn Miller; golf outing participant.

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