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Your gifts help children like Ben, a 9-year-old boy who stays at Ronald McDonald House New York while he receives treatment for neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nerve cells.
Ben was diagnosed with cancer before his second birthday. By the age of 4, he was pronounced a survivor. Sadly, his cancer returned, so he and his mother came to New York City so Ben could receive a life-saving treatment using antibody therapy.
It’s hard for a little kid to spend so much of his life battling cancer. Cancer caused him to miss school and drop out of Cub Scouts. Along the way, he met kids who began treatment alongside him, but then lost their battles with cancer.
Ben said, “Mom, I just really want my life back.”
When Ben’s birthday came around in the summer, both he and his mom were sad to spend the day so far away from Ben’s dad and sister. But we made sure to show Ben a very happy birthday right here at the House.
With the love and support of friends and family, Ben’s day was made brighter when he received birthday cards from around the country. But the biggest surprise was a birthday cake topped with his favorite Super Mario Brothers character, Yoshi.
Today, Ben is back in school full-time and adjusting to a new schedule.
Thanks to Ronald McDonald House New York, families just like Ben’s can live in a safe and supportive environment in close proximity to our 13 partner hospitals. We ask for a donation of just $35 per night, far less than the $295 it costs us to house a family. Families have access to our family rooms, kitchens, a library, computer rooms, a playroom, tutoring, professionally supervised activities, and transportation. More importantly, we provide a loving and compassionate environment where children are kids first and patients second.
Ronald McDonald House New York is independently owned and operated. Through generous donations from friends like you, we can continue to cover the majority of costs for these families so they can concentrate on what’s really important: their child’s recovery.
Thank you for making a generous donation today.