February 2018
| Vol 11, Issue 2
Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Charities © of Central Ohio
A Long Journey
Amanda Jessup-Holbrook and her family have been on a journey battling cancer that started in her hometown area of Charleston, South Carolina and has continued through hospitals in North Carolina, Illinois, Minnesota, and Texas before landing right here in Ohio at one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the country. What's unique about Amanda's story is that she's one of the rare instances where Nationwide Children's Hospital takes in an adult patient because the clinical trials taking place there might be especially beneficial for children as well. 

Amanda is going through a clinical trial at Nationwide Children's
It was three years ago nearly to the day that Amanda started chemotherapy after they discovered her bone cancer back home. She continued chemotherapy for about 6 months and was in remission after that for almost the entire year of 2016. It was "a very good year," as her father, Tim Jessup, describes it. But in January of 2017, she and her husband Jim - an Iraq War veteran - were living in Peoria, Illinois at the time and Amanda started having pains again. That meant going back to the hospital. By November 1, Tim says Amanda and her husband were now living in Wichita, Kansas where Jim had a new job. But because Amanda had been going through so much chemo, in December, she and her family started looking into clinical trials.

Their search for possible solutions brought them to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. But that's where Amanda's family learned about a clinical trial at Nationwide Children's Hospital that just might be especially helpful for her. That meant the family was back on the road, now headed for Ohio where they would end up here at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House.

Tim took a moment to tell us about his family's experience coming to our House while proudly showing me Amanda's picture. "We came here January 14", he said, "and we've been here ever since." Before coming to our Ronald McDonald House, the family had experiences staying at other similar types of housing for families of patients in such places as Charlotte, North Carolina and Rochester, Minnesota.   He says all of the houses have been a blessing. Especially, he says, when compared to having no option but to stay at an extended-stay hotel for $50 per night, as they had to do at one point.

They have been especially grateful for one thing: the food. Going out and shopping for groceries and preparing meals would be quite a task with so much going on, but nutrition has been of particular concern for both Amanda ...and Tim. That's because, as Tim quietly revealed, both his daughter and he started battling cancer at about the same time. Tim was diagnosed with colon cancer just as Amanda was diagnosed with her cancer. And arriving in Columbus, took a new turn for the patient's father. "When I came here, I had a relapse of what led into that before - gastritis. And the difference was ...I was able to find enough here that was on the diet that I didn't have to go shopping all over the place."

Tim appreciates meals at the House
Tim gives tons of credit to our new Chef & Food Services Manager Blair Arms, who took on this newly created position just last month. As Tim points out, Arms is already making a difference in the lives of patients and their families staying at our House. He, his wife Barbara, and Amanda are extremely impressed with the meal options here compared to other places where they've had to stay. "That's a testament, I think, to the good quality, nutritious food - vegetables, fruits" that families can get while staying here, he said. He adds that even the unprepared food options found in the House pantry and in the House refrigerators and freezers for families to prepare themselves, are awesome. "You can only eat so much spaghetti, baked ziti, & bread," he quipped. "Having the menu... having someone looking out for the vegetables, the fruits and having stuff like whole wheat bread and whole wheat noodles" has been immensely important for Amanda, himself and his wife.

Tim hopes Amanda won't have to come back here after the clinical trials have ended. But, he says, "I've been really amazed at how the Columbus community supports this place. This place is the best we've seen, thanks in large part to your volunteers." He says thanks to them and the all the donors, at the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus, "You can take care of yourself very conveniently."

As for Amanda, Tim says they noticed she could walk faster and with more ease. It's the best improvement she's had in a year, he says. A short walk to the dining room just might be something she'll look forward to.

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MARCH 9 and 13

Handbag HULLABALOO!™ Dublin
is Almost Sold Out

At Handbag HULLABALOO!™, guests are given the opportunity to win designer handbags simply by participating in our event raffles. In addition to the festivities, guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and specialty drinks, as well as a silent auction and prize drawings.  
All proceeds from the event will help Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio provide a home-like environment for families of seriously ill children.
Contact Caitlin Wolcott at the Ronald McDonald House at 614-227-3729 or by email at caitlin.wolcott@rmhc-centralohio.org.
Sponsored by Columbus Distributing  

BocaThon a Dancing Success


This past month, the amazing students at Ohio University raised $100,000 on behalf of RMHC of Central Ohio at their annual dance marathon, BobcaThon.

BobcaThon is a year-long fundraiser on Ohio University's campus that benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. They work to unite the Ohio University community in a tradition that raises funds and awareness for children with serious illnesses and their families.

Founded in 2014, BobcaThon has since evolved into a campus-wide cause. More than 800 Ohio University students, faculty and alumni from 20+ on-campus organizations participate during the school year and collectively support families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio through personal involvement and student organization participation.

Learn more about BobcaThon here

Get a Free Bib When You Raise $500


Did you know that by raising $500 through Team RMHC, you will earn a free entry into the Capital City Half Marathon? Team RMHC is open to anyone! It does not matter if you are a walker, runner, beginner, advanced; we all are being physical for the same reason. All of our teammates are asked to raise at least a minimum of $250 towards Team RMHC during their racing season. It doesn't matter if you are running in one of our races or training for one of your own.

Click here to sign up for Team RMHC  

2018 Sponsorship opportunities now available!

Make a difference by keeping families close at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. Special event sponsors receive participation opportunities and recognition at RMHC of Central Ohio events throughout the year. With levels ranging from $3,000 to $50,000, you or your company, can participate at any level. 
Our Dublin-Crown Handbag HULLABALOO!™ is right around the corner! To learn how you can sponsor this event and others please   email Jamie Foltz or call 614-227-3740. 
Additional 2018 RMHC Special Events available for sponsorship:
  • 32nd Annual RMHC Joe Mortellaro Golf Classic
  • RMHC Sporting Clays Tournament
  • Paint the Town Center Red
  • A Toast to Tinseltown

Look for us at the Columbus Auto Show

Each year, the Greater Columbus Auto Show selects charities to be the recipient of funds generated at their annual Charity Gala. This year, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio is honored to be selected. We wish to thank the Columbus Automobile Dealer Association for their extremely generous support.

Our charity will have a display booth at the event, and we will be giving away a classic Ford F-100. Of course, it's a riding toy version of a F-100, but that detail isn't important. Visit our booth to enter your name to win!

To learn more about the show, click here

Please Fulfill Our Wish List!

    1. Disinfecting Spray (i.e. Lysol)
    2. 13 gallon trash bags
    3. Gift Cards to local retailers (Target, Kroger, Giant Eagle, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe's)
    4. HE Laundry Soap (PODS preferred)
    5. 55 gallon heavy duty trash bags
    6. Window Cleaner (i.e. Windex)
    7. Copy Paper
    8. Scrubbing Bubbles for bathtubs
    9. Disinfecting Wipes
    10. Foil steam table pans (full & half sized)
Every time you shop at  AmazonSmile , Amazon will donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio! If you have an Amazon account or are setting up an account, please select Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as your charitable organization! 

Ongoing Promotions

Foodiecard Online Sales

A Foodiecard deck costs $30 and includes over $500 in coupon savings at 54 different restaurants around Columbus. Foodiecard donates 50% of every deck sold from Foodiecard.org when you select RMHC as your cause to support. 

Good Deed Rags

Purchase a shirt from   Good Deed Rags , and select Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio as your charity and $10 from each shirt comes back to the House.

John Corby Memorial

For decades, John Corby was a dedicated supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Central Ohio. Through his platform on 610 WTVN, John used his voice to make a difference for families of seriously ill children who needed a place to stay near their hospitalized child. The Corby family and the team at WTVN have decided to honor John by raising funds for RMHC of Central Ohio.

By making a donation through this secured online donation page, you will be keeping families close while their child is being treated for a serious illness or injury. No matter what the circumstances, if a child is in the hospital, they need their family nearby. John Corby believed that, and worked hard to support the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

To learn more about our charity, please feel free to navigate the other pages on this site. If you would like to learn more about John Corby and his legacy   click here.

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