Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and partner Cadence Health have broken ground at the site of the western suburbs’ first Ronald McDonald House®.
As the snow melted at 25 Winfield Road – the address of the new home, directly across the street from Central DuPage Hospital – it was clear that spring, and construction on the new home, are just around the corner.
Guests of the March 18 event were encouraged to write messages of hope and togetherness in metallic ink on small, smooth stones. The stones will greet families staying at the new home, and guests will be encouraged to take a stone as they leave, after their stay, as a source of ongoing inspiration for their families’ recovery and journey of healing.
A model of the beautiful two-story, $6.25 million Ronald McDonald House® near Cadence Health was a focal point at the event.
The new House will feature 12 family-size bedrooms, laundry and
kitchen facilities. Families of patients at CDH, Delnor Hospital in Geneva and
the CDH Proton Center in Warrenville will be able to use the facility.
Construction is expected to be completed in early 2015.
Group photo (photo credit Ronald
McDonald House Charities-CNI): Jim De Maria, Larry Bell, Mary Agnes
Laguatan, Chris Hensley, Doug Porter, Jeanne Ives, Clare Malysiak, Jackie &
Steve Hynek, Lorraine Klemz, Charis Doebler, Ronald McDonald, Josiah Doebler,
Dan Doebler, Betsey Doebler, Rose Masvek, Erik Spande, Mike Vivoda and Owen