We need your help to support Santa’s Workshop at
Ronald McDonald House® near Central DuPage Hospital
When the Ronald McDonald House near Central DuPage Hospital (RMH® near CDH) opened on January 18th 2015, it was during the time when one of Jim Cooks (Midwest Sports Academy CEO/Founder) long-time student athletes was being treated for cancer across the street at CDH.
Jordan was an aspiring basketball player and the team captain at her school. Jordan only 15 years old was diagnosed with High Risk Leukemia that required 2.5 years of chemotherapy. Jordan and her family were hit with the most devastating news a family can have and struggled financially, emotionally and physically.
Jordan’s chemotherapy treatment plan required multiple visits per week and monthly spinal taps. Jordan was allergic to a specific chemotherapy that required her to stay longer in the hospital. Jordan and her family celebrated birthdays, holidays, and other milestones in CDH. It was very difficult and exhausting for her family to travel back and forth for all her treatments while still comforting Jordan, trying to balance the rest of the family's needs including sleep, meals and care for Jordan’s 2 year old brother.
Jordan was near the end of her treatment plan when Ronald McDonald House opened in 2015, therefore her family did not have the opportunity to stay there. Although Jordan’s mom Blanca said “We would have greatly benefited to stay across the street on those very long weeks in the hospital, even if it was just to take a break, shower, sleep a little, or talk to other parents that know exactly what we are going through. The life in the hospital is just not a life at all”.
RMH near CDH provides a ‘home away from home’ for families of children who are receiving treatment at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) is to provide families with comfort, compassion and a sense of community. RMHC-CNI can help address problems, whether they involve housing that’s near a hospitalized child, the expense of staying together in another city, or even getting basic medical care in a vulnerable community.
This wonderful organization also provides an annual Christmas Celebration - Santa’s workshop for these children and their families beginning early December.
Please join Midwest Sports Academy, Jim Cook and Blanca Gonzalez (Jordan’s mom) to help support RMH near CDH. We are asking for the support of generous businesses, families and individuals in the surrounding communities, to collect several thousand gifts, toys and gift cards in the next few weeks.
Help Us Give a little Christmas love for these children
and teens going
through a very difficult time.
*Gifts Ideas for the various age groups:
Baby (3mo -24mo): Soft Fisher Price Blocks, Activity Walker, Little People toys, LeapFrog/V-Tech Learning toys, Activity Phone, Sesame Street Toy, and Elmo toys.
Toddler (2-4years): Princess and baby Dolls, Power Ranger and Transformers, Paw Patrol Play sets, Little Tikes Sport sets, baby doll stroller, musical toys, and dress up costumes.
Boy/Girl (5-7 years) Nerf blaster gun, fire trucks, Lego's, Barbie's, board games, play food, play-doh, and remote control race cars.
Boy/Girl (8-11) Nerf Bow and arrow blaster (girl or boy), board games, karaoke player, microscope, books, arts and crafts.
Boy/Girl (12-16) Target, Walmart, Claire's, Journeys, PacSun, Gap, Old Navy, iTunes, etc Gift Cards. This is a greater need - as it’s more difficult to buy
for this age group.
*Gifts do not have to be gift-wrapped to be donated.