A very special Christmas gift drive

We did it again! A very special Christmas gift drive, promoted by Midwest Sports Academy. As a community we helped fill Santa's workshop taking place at the Ronald McDonald House® near Central DuPage Hospital. When you child has cancer or another complex medical need, a parent doesn’t have time to shop for their Christmas gifts. They're lucky if they find 20 extra minutes to catch-up on sleep. I know personally it’s 24/7 care and an emotional exhaustion to say the least. It was an honor to help organize, collect and deliver these gifts. The Ronald McDonald House keeps families with very sick children together in a ‘home away from home’ and close to resources they need to survive.

Because of beautiful people in the community, friends and family, we collected a total of 88 gifts and $355.00 in gift cards. WOW! We beat last years delivery by triple! And we plan to beat this years total in 2017! If your interested in helping us next year please let me know as we could use the helping hands. :)

A very special thank you goes out to South Elgin High School JV Dance, Mrs. McIntosh, Ellis Middle School, Coach Cook, my family and my RunBuds. We could not have done this great without you!

Our hearts are grateful and we know Santa’s workshop at the Ronald McDonald House is now filled with love!

For more information on RMH and how to volunteer, visit their site. http://rmhccni.org/cdh/


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.




If you don’t have time to shop for a gift, 
you have the option to make a
direct donation to RMH now.

Deadline Date:
The deadline to donate gifts, toys or gift cards
for the Ronald McDonald House is 
Monday, December 5, 2016.

The Einstein Academy,
747 Davis Road,
Elgin, IL 60123

Ellis Middle School,
225 Liberty Street, 
Elgin, IL 60120>

Village of Gilberts
City Hall,

87 Galligan Road,
Gilberts, IL 60136

South Elgin High School,
760 E. Main Street,
South Elgin, IL 601>

Gift Cards Drop Off,
please contact Jim Cook
or Blanca Gonzalez directly 



For more information on this charity event including donating funds directly contact:
Blanca Gonzalez 

For interviews or additional information,
contact Midwest Sports Academy.
Jim Cook CEO/Founder
Phone:    (847) 809-8978