The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida provides a home away from home for families with sick children who are receiving medical care. The nonprofit organization allows these families to stay for free, for as long as they need. Kim Adderley, whose daughter has Alport syndrome, a genetic condition that affects the kidneys, found help at the Ronald McDonald House in Miami. Unable to receive the necessary treatment in the Bahamas, where they are from, they found doctors in Miami. The Ronald McDonald House took them in and provided all the amenities they needed. The organization’s main requirement for families is that their child is undergoing active medical treatment and lives at least 20 miles away. The Ronald McDonald House relies on donations, with the biggest contribution coming from local McDonald’s franchises.
Soraya Rivera-Moya, the executive director of the Ronald McDonald Charities of South Florida, emphasized that the organization’s aim is to keep families together and provide easy access to medical care. Ricky Wade, a local McDonald’s franchisee, highlighted that families from Palm Beach County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County rely on the Ronald McDonald House in times of need. The Adderley family, who still has a few more months left at the Ronald McDonald House, expressed their gratitude and described how they have been treated like family.
There are various ways to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, including monetary donations, wish-list drives for cleaning, paper, and hygiene products, and volunteering to cook meals for the families. More information about the organization can be found on their website, and news updates can be accessed through the WPBF 25 News app.