Kerry’s Corner: October 2020

You may have heard the enthusiasts raving that pumpkin spice everything is back for Fall. But in Arizona, we know that Autumn doesn’t truly come around for a couple more months, or at least until temperatures are consistently below 90 degrees.

Here in the Valley of the Sun, we’re still experiencing the dog days of summer. And although I’ve been enjoying the slightly cooler temperatures the past week, I know were not quite out of the doghouse yet.  But there is hope that the colors of Autumn and long-awaited sweater weather are ahead of us. It is that hope that keeps me going.

And then I thought about our Ronald McDonald House® families. They, too, are experiencing dog days of summer, but those of much higher stakes. After long medical journeys, many of them are “almost home,” so to speak. Their teenage daughter is approaching her final chemotherapy treatment. Their newborn is turning a corner while recovering from heart surgery. Their son is getting a day closer to a life-saving transplant. Whatever it is, they are holding on to hope that the next few days, weeks, and months will bring them closer to home and health for their family.

That’s what makes the House so important.

It provides families with a place of hope during days that are overwhelming and full of uncertainty. It is a place where they are not alone. Where they can breathe after hard days at the hospital. Where they can think of next steps. Where they can still be a family. Ronald McDonald House is a place they can call “home” when that word means the most.

I am so incredibly proud of the work we do at Ronald McDonald House. I have seen time and time again what our mission means to families and I can assure you, we truly are providing families with comfort and hope. The precious time and moments of togetherness shared while families are at the House affords are immeasurable.

I can also assure you that our mission isn’t possible without our community. For that, on behalf of our organization and the families we are fortunate enough to serve, I share my sincerest gratitude. We continue to wish you and your family health and moments of family togetherness.

With gratitude,

Kerry Schulman
Chief Executive Officer