The Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida is providing families with sick children a supportive and cost-free home while they receive medical care. The nonprofit organization offers families the opportunity to stay for as long as necessary, without the burden of financial strain. Kim Adderley, whose daughter has Alport syndrome, a genetic condition affecting the kidneys, shared her experience of the organization’s help. When they couldn’t find appropriate treatment in the Bahamas, they sought medical assistance in Miami and were introduced to the Ronald McDonald House there. The charity took them in and provided all the necessary amenities, easing the financial and emotional burden on the Adderleys. The only criteria for families to stay at the Ronald McDonald House is that their child must be receiving active medical treatment and live at least 20 miles away.
Soraya Rivera-Moya, the executive director of the Ronald McDonald Charities of South Florida, emphasized the importance of the organization’s work in keeping families together during difficult times and facilitating access to medical care. The charity is primarily powered by donations, with significant contributions from McDonald’s franchises in Palm Beach County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. Ricky Wade, a McDonald’s franchisee, expressed his support for the organization, highlighting the number of families from the aforementioned counties that rely on the Ronald McDonald House in times of need. The Adderleys expressed their gratitude for the support they received and praised the organization’s genuine care for families. Various ways to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida were also outlined, including monetary donations, wish-list drives, and volunteer opportunities to provide meals for families.