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Joy in the Journey By Linda Beerman

July 24, 2013

  "You have never lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."
This is a quote that Sue Zins from rural Fulda shared with me this past week as we chatted about Ronald McDonald Houses and the services they offer to so many families in need of a place to stay and care for their sick children around our country.  These places become "their home away from home", and are especially welcoming for struggling families far away from home and those they love.  They are warm, safe havens for the families needing a home environment while they are in need of staying close to a hospital for treatments or care.   

Sue's grandson, Kade Clarke, and his family have had numerous experiences in this environment.  Beginning in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and most recently when he was at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Hospital in Minnesota.  In these loving homes, built purposefully with children in mind, you can find playrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, etc, a fun place to be that accommodates the whole family.  While being uprooted from their familiar routines at home, this is a kid friendly place to be!  The great thing about staying at a Ronald McDonald House is that you don't have to think about anything but your child.  It is homey and comfortable, not a sterile, hospital environment.

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