In August 2018, Marvin had a fever that he couldn’t break. After many days had passed and he still wasn’t feeling better, Marvin had blood work done to find out what was wrong. His bloodwork came back abnormal. Marvin and his family traveled to San Jose Hospital where he would have to undergo a bone marrow biopsy. On September 3, 2018, the Overstreet family’s lives changed forever. Marvin was diagnosed with Leukemia. 
When Marvin started chemotherapy, he was doing very well. For the first 29 days Marvin was feeling better and starting to get back to his normal, chipper self. Then he took a turn for the worst. Running out of time and options, Marvin’s father, Lovett, and mother, Alex, made the decision to drop everything and leave their family and friends to come to the United States for Marvin to receive the treatment he needed. 

Lovett, Alex, Marvin, and Marvin’s little brother, Michael, landed in Orlando and immediately went to the hospital. Marvin arrived at the hospital with potassium levels at a life-threatening level of 1.5. After four days in the hospital, Marvin was stable enough to leave Orlando and come to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital for further treatments. Two days after they arrived, the Overstreet family came to stay at the Ronald McDonald House.

The Overstreet family came to the United States with no car, no place to stay, and little money to spend. When they arrived at the Ronald McDonald House, an enormous amount of stress was lifted from their shoulders. They no longer had to worry about where they were going to stay, how they were going to get to and from the hospital, or what their next meal would be. The Ronald McDonald House had everything taken care of. Lovett said, “The Ronald McDonald House has been a life saver to us. It has become our family home. It has provided everything for us- food, shelter, care, and compassion.” 

Alex described the Ronald McDonald House as a “mini United Nations.” She said, “There are people here from all over the world. People here have different cultures, religions, and languages. Yet everyone comes together as one big family because we are all going through similar things.”

Marvin has been so strong and positive throughout his journey. Marvin still acts like any other four-year-old boy would. He is full of life, energetic, and always smiling. On September 3, 2022, Marvin will complete his last chemotherapy treatment. Until that day comes, the Ronald McDonald House will be there for Marvin and his family every step of the way. 

Wish List
Every small comfort makes our House more nurturing for our families.
We are currently in need of:
Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
Travel Size Deodorant for Men & Women
Disinfecting Wipes

The Family Room:
Microwavable Individual Meals (i.e.: Hormel)
Individual Instant Oatmeal Cups
Filled Sandwich Crackers

In addition, you can help us anytime online through our new Target online registry.

For more information about our wish list, please contact Sherry Houston at or (352) 374-4404 ext. 230.

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Thank you, Buchholz High School!
The Ronald McDonald House is so thankful for the hard work and dedication of Buchholz High School Student Government for putting on a successful fundraising event at Oasis Carwash! Buchholz High School Student Government organized and hosted a carwash and bake sale where all the proceeds from the event were donated to the Ronald McDonald House. This incredible group of students raised $1,871 for the House! The principal of Buchholz High School, James TenBieg, said, “It was a privilege for our students to contribute to such a worthy cause as the Ronald McDonald House. Perhaps they will pass these memories on to some future students.”
The Accuity Invitational Golf Tournament
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida is honored to be the beneficiary for the Accuity Invitational Golf Tournament. At this year’s event, over 100 golfers and 27 teams participated, the most the event has ever had. Thanks to the many golfers and sponsors, the Accuity Invitational Golf Tournament raised $37,926 for the House. This is almost $10,000 more than last year’s tournament! Mari Gelabert said, “Directing this event was one of the highlights of my year. Ronald McDonald House has been a very special part of my heart for the last few years and I couldn’t imagine a better outcome for my last year of service to this cause. I am so proud to know that our efforts will make a lasting impact on the families RMH serves on a daily basis. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had this year to be a part of such an exciting event and more importantly for the people I got to work with and their dedication to our success.”

The Ronald McDonald House is so grateful for all of those who participated in this year’s tournament. We would like to give special recognition to all of those who volunteered at the event. Without the volunteers from Delta Gamma, Dance Marathon, and the University of Florida, the event would not have been such a success.
Visiting Chef Program
Our Visiting Chef Program is a volunteer opportunity for groups of up to ten friends, family members, or co-workers to cook a meal for families staying at the House. Families often don’t have the time, resources, or energy to prepare or purchase a meal. Coming to the House after a long day at the hospital to a fully prepared meal can make a great difference in a family’s day.

By participating in our Visiting Chef Program, you will be providing families with a delicious meal for either breakfast or dinner. Volunteers provide all the ingredients to make a home-cooked meal or may cater in from a restaurant (approximately 50 servings). Dinner is served at 6PM seven days a week and must include a protein, vegetable, starch, drinks, and dessert. Breakfast is served at 9AM on Saturdays and Sundays and must include suggested items such as eggs, pancakes or waffles, breakfast meat, muffins, or fresh fruit. No professional cooking experience is required. You can be creative or keep it simple. It is up to you!

We look forward to having you join us in our kitchen! To sign up, please visit our website to fill out our Visiting Chef Program form. For more information, please view our Visiting Chef Guidelines. If you have any questions, please call Karma Kelts, Director of Volunteer Services at 352.374.4404 ext 224 or email
Red Shoe Affair
Join Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida for our 7th Annual Red Shoe Affair at the Exactech Arena at The Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Saturday, August 17th, at 6PM. The Red Shoe Affair is the premier annual fundraising event for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida.

The 7th Annual Red Shoe Affair promises to be an extraordinary event in support of the Ronald McDonald House families. The evening’s festivities will be packed with a silent auction, exquisite cuisine and bars, live music for dancing, and much more! The highlight of the evening is a guest family telling their story of how Ronald McDonald House Charities play a key role in their lives.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please review and complete our sponsorship form. For more information, please contact Sherry Houston at 352-374-4404 x230 or We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you for supporting our house!
At RMH, we believe that when a child is hospitalized, the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed. It is because of friends like you that we can keep families close to each other and the care they need, when they need it most.

To support our House and keep families close, visit our website. We greatly appreciate your contribution to our Home.
With gratitude,

Sherry Houston
Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida

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