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FAMILY SPOTLIGHT
Jeff, Jordan, & Zac
On July 14th, 2017, Zac and his family heard the unthinkable. Zac was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at only five years old. 
After receiving chemotherapy treatments for ten weeks, Zac and his family packed their bags and flew from Oklahoma to Florida in order for Zac to undergo rotationplasty at UF Health Shands Hospital. On the day before Zac’s surgery, the Ronald McDonald House gave him and his family towels and beach supplies to go to Crescent Beach. This was the first time Zac ever saw the ocean and he loved it!
During Zac’s surgery and recovery, he and his family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House. Zac enjoyed playing on the House’s playground before his surgery and made great use of the House’s playroom after his surgery.
Zac’s mother, Jordan, said The cost of cancer is insane with all of the traveling and treatments, so it was such a help to not have to worry about another expense.” Jordan went on to say how much she appreciated the Ronald McDonald House staff during their stay. She said, “The staff was welcoming right away and was so kind during such a stressful time.”
Zac recently had his six-month checkup scan where he found out that he is still cancer free! Zac continues to have a smile on his face and remain positive throughout his journey.
Wish List
Every small comfort makes our House more nurturing for our families. We are currently in need of:
 
House:
  • New teddy bears (we place a teddy bear on every bed to welcome our families)
  • K-Cups
  • Dish towels
The Family Room
  • Chips, popcorn, and pretzels (individual servings)
  • Fruit cups
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 shouston@rmhcncf.org or (352) 374-4404 ext. 230.
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention aims to transform communities by inspiring and equipping future inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. After opening its doors to the public in May 2018, the museum has taught and inspired the next generation of creative people. With interactive hands-on labs and experiments, exciting programs, and unique exhibits, the Cade Museum is perfect for people of all ages!
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention is partnering with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Central Florida to give all the families staying at the House, along with the Ronald McDonald House staff members, free Cade Museum memberships! A Cade Museum membership includes free admission to the Cade Museum, 10% off at the Cade Museum’s gift shop, priority registration to speaker series featuring local science, art, and creativity experts, and priority access to special events. In addition, the Cade Museum is also reserving spots in its 2019 youth camps for children who will be staying at the House. Ashley Bryant, Senior Manager of Membership and Development at the Cade Museum, said “We are super excited. What an incredible way to give back, providing access to Ronald McDonald families year-round to the Cade Museum”.
The Ronald McDonald House is so thankful for the Cade Museum’s generosity. We are thrilled that our families will be able to experience everything the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention has to offer!
Beautiful Boxes Gifted to Our Families
Raymond has picked up a unique hobby over the years. Raymond is able to transform cigar boxes into beautiful creations. He puts a unique twist on each one he makes. He designs them for both children and adults and decorates them accordingly. He has been creating these beautiful boxes for five years now and has made over 1,050! However, Raymond does not sell these boxes. Instead, he generously gives them away.
Raymond has been giving his boxes to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House for three years. He gives his boxes to our families because he wants to brighten their day and put a smile on their faces. This is exactly what happened when Raymond gave two of his boxes to Cesar. Cesar’s face lit up with excitement when he received the boxes. Raymond gave a beautiful jewelry box to Cesar for his nine year old daughter and a fun toy box for his four year old son. Cesar said that his daughter has been wanting a jewelry box so it was perfect timing! Raymond said, “I love doing what I am doing. I love to see people smile.”
    The Ronald McDonald House is so thankful for Raymond’s kindness and generosity! His boxes are going to make perfect presents for the families staying at our house during the holidays.
Zeta Tau Alpha's Service Drive
Thank you to the members of Zeta Tau Alpha at the University of Florida for organizing a successful service drive for the Ronald McDonald House. The service drive began at the beginning of this semester and will conclude when the semester comes to an end. Zeta Tau Alpha’s members were able to collect and donate a wide variety of much-needed items that are on our Wish List. Zeta Tau Alpha’s Director of Service, Coleen O’Keefe, said, “We love supporting the Ronald McDonald House because the organization has such a positive impact on so many families who are going through a difficult time. Also, the staff is always so appreciative of our donations!”
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.

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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