One of our favorite things about being “flies on the wall” are the inspiring organizations we have the opportunity work with. We were privileged to observe and learn more about the Ronald McDonald House New York while working on a short film for their annual fundraising gala.
Since their founding in 1978, Ronald McDonald House New York has provided temporary housing and care for more than 35,000 families battling cancer.
When families have to travel to New York City for advanced cancer treatment, they find a supportive and loving environment at the Ronald McDonald House. They are able to stay at the house for little to no cost, and have access to a community of other families that understand what it’s like to cope with such a devastating diagnosis.
As Dr. Andrew Kung, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering puts it: “there’s nothing more devastating than to have to face the diagnosis of cancer, and this is especially true if it’s your child who has cancer. The Ronald McDonald house enables our parents to not have to worry about one aspect of their care, ‘where are they going to stay?’”
For this project, we celebrated RMH New York’s 25th Annual Gala, and also met Francesca and Ric Wilson, two new members of the RMH family.
Francesca Wilson has faced unimaginable challenges, including the passing of her first son from neuroblastoma. Before she could even begin to process her loss, Francesca received devastating news; Her second son, Ric, was also diagnosed with cancer.
Francesca and Ric decided they had to come to New York City for treatment. The Ronald McDonald House New York provided them with a home away from home.