Becoming a parent is one of life’s greatest gifts. I have been blessed enough to receive that gift twice in the form of a beautiful little girl and a handsome little boy. As my wife carried our children, we were constantly in prayer. Not for the sex of the child, but for the health and well being of our kids. Having children of my own made me better understand the worry my parents had for my siblings and myself. Unfortunately, life has its twist and turns. When and if those obstacles arise its nice to know that there are organizations out there that are fully dedicated to helping children and their families during tough times.
While in college at UNC, as a team we would deliver turkeys to the Ronald McDonald house of Chapel Hill. Honestly, before the first time we made that visit I didn’t understand what the Ronald McDonald House actually stood for or what their mission was, but when we left I had a much better understanding that was life changing. To hear why the families were actually there, one couldn’t help but to have compassion. The Ronald McDonald House mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families. Having the burden of having a severely sick child has to be tough! I know how bad I feel when one of my kids has a simple cold, when I can only do so much to help them. What the Ronald McDonald House exist to help to lift some of the burdens off of the family. Whether it be a financial assistants need, a housing need to keep the family together and near the child while they receive treatment, or a basic medical need, the Ronald McDonald House helps to address those issues. Sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so as well, but I know first hand that they live up to their mission.
My wife’s uncle was the victim of a random act of violence. An unknown man stabbed him, in the back of his neck and he became paralyzed from neck down. While he received treatment, his mother, my wife’s grandmother, was able to be housed at the near by Ronald McDonald House so that she could be close by her son. One of my best friends and my personal trainer was also a resident at the Ronald McDonald House for an extended period of time. While in the military, my trainer, was involved in a tank accident, which left him severely burned. The fact that this organization actually has helped those that I know personally, proving they live up to their mission is a big deal to me.
The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, is where I first was introduced to this organization and philanthropy on such a large scale. My girlfriend in college, who is my wife now, actually spent time volunteering there. So its only right that we try to help an organization that has directly helped us. Currently the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill is in the middle of a campaign to improve the current house that is standing. The campaign’s goal was to raise $7.6 million and they are so close, only $110 thousand away from reaching their goal! I have personally been by the house and have seen what is being done to upgrade the house and it is going to life changing for those who need their help. So, feel free to donate to a great cause!
Lastly I am glad to announce that I have accepted the role of being the first Social Ambassador of The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. It’s a honor for me to have this position. My goal is to help shed light on this organization’s efforts to help within the community. One of my favorite quotes comes from Arthur Ashe, he said, “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give however, makes a life.” Lets do our part to help this world. STRIVE TO EXCEL!
Till next time… GOD BLESS!