This past Friday, October 26th, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Patrick Kane, Adam Burish, Andrew Ladd, Brian Campbell, Troy Brouwer, Ben Eager, Jake Dowell, John Madden as well as several other hockey champions gathered at Allstate Arena. They engaged in an exhibition game that was entitled the “Champs for Charity” Fundraiser.
The ‘Champs’ took the ice for a friendly competitin that benefitted the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. The puck dropped at 7:30 p.m. sharp. This was a fundraiser that your entire family would have enjoyed.
It is the type of fundraiser that hockey families and many others could really get involved in. Those that have previously benefitted from the Ronald McDonald House can appreciate the efforts that the hockey stars were willing to support.
One particular hockey family in general is very grateful for the Ronald McDonald House and for what they provided to their family while their son Joey was going through cancer treatment at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. RMHC was very good to Joey and his wonderfully supportive and loving mom and dad.
Thanks to the kind support and help the family received over a two year period of time, Joey was able to play hockey while recovering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The boy is strong and RMHC helped his family so that they, too, could remain strong.
The strength is provided by the caring nature of RMHC. When families remain together, undivided, even through adversity, they are stronger. The children continue to have the love and support of their parents so they are less afraid, too.
Thanks to the love and support of individuals such as the professional hockey players that are willing to step up for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, more families will be provided a “home-away-from-home” at little or no cost. They will be able to live the mission established by RMHC and focus on healing their child and not much else.
The ‘Champs’ are making it possible to further the love and support extended to families in need. This is the spirit of the Ronald McDonald House and it will live on thanks to the attention drawn to it by those that matter in the life of sports.
Not only is shelter provided to families that need one, at every Ronald McDonald House, families are able to enjoy home-cooked meals, private bedrooms and playrooms for their children. Depending on the location of the House, other services may also be available, such as: special suites for children that have suppressed immune systems, accredited education programs, recreational activities, non-clinical support services and sibling support services.
Again, the generosity and support that the hockey players provided on Friday night make all of these services possible. From all of us on the outside looking in or knowing someone that has been blessed with these services, we appreciate the fact that the guys are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to help those unable to help themselves in a time of need!