In This Issue:
UPCOMING EVENTS

JUNE
31st Annual Golf Invitational
June 15, 2015
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Volunteer Information Session for Adults
June 16, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sign up  here.

JULY
Volunteer Information Session for Teens
July 7, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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Volunteer Information Session for Adults
July 21, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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Ronald McDonald House at Stanford

Our story began when we noticed-couldn't help but notice-a large growth on Elijah's neck.

 

Alarmed, my husband Ronnie and I took our three-year-old son to the pediatrician, who couldn't find a cause. We grew more worried and frustrated as many more visits to various doctors and specialists revealed nothing. 

 

Deep inside I just knew, as any mother would, that my baby wasn't okay and something was terribly wrong. Then we received the call that changed our lives forever. "Get here quickly," they said. "As fast as you can!" At the hospital we heard the news that no parent is ever prepared to hear: our baby had cancer. "Stage 4 Neuroblastoma," the doctor said. "This is serious." Aggressive and immediate treatment would be required. 

 

At that moment, despite my own fear and shattered heart, I resolved to be strong for my son and do whatever I could to help him through the dreadful journey that lay ahead.

 

The following months were filled with a dizzying array of medical terms, treatments, chemotherapy, and radiation. We were adjusting to long days and longer nights in the hospital to be close to Elijah and comfort him through the endless cycle of medical procedures and the brutal side effects.

 

We soon found ourselves at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, which quickly became a haven of hope and support during those trying times. The House provided a home-away-from-home where we could unwind from stressful days and sleepless nights at the hospital and find comfort in other families who had been in our shoes. The kindness, care, and support we received at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford sustained us through the worst of times--when we were fearful of what the next day would bring.

 

It's been nearly five years since Elijah was diagnosed. Since then, we've endured a roller coaster of ups and downs, including three remissions, followed by three heartbreaking relapses. Some days, it takes every ounce of courage I have to stay hopeful.

 

No matter how trying or disappointing the day has been, when I look into Elijah's happy eyes, I find hope. 

 

Throughout the years, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford has been our oasis of serenity and peace. Despite the chaos and anxiety in our life, I know that here we are surrounded by love. Elijah can forget about doctors and painful procedures and enjoy being a playful little boy while I refuel and rest in order to be the best mother possible when he needs me most. 

 

On behalf of my family and so many others like mine, I ask you to please make a donation to Ronald McDonald House at Stanford today.

I know from experience that your gift truly helps families focus on their number one priority: the health and well-being of their critically ill child.

Melody Mainville
It's TEE time!

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Please join us as we celebrate our 31st Annual Golf Invitational Tournament! This year's tournament promises an exciting day of friendly competition and fun at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club and Stanford University Golf Course. Immediately following the tournament, KNBR's Brian Murphy and musical guest Kelley James will provide entertainment at the awards ceremony and cocktail reception at Rosewood Sand Hill. 

This year we are adding a new and exciting element of competition to the Invitational. The Silicon Valley Challenge Cup will include up to 22 Silicon Valley business sectors to compete against each other for the coveted prize of being named the "Supreme Link to the Success of Silicon Valley."
 
For more information, please email Tracey Richardson, events manager, or call 650-470-6006.
SPRING LAMB BARBECUE
Each spring, a wonderful group of passionate House supporters donate their time and energy to host a fabulous event benefiting Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. 

 

For the past 13 years, the Spring Lamb Barbecue brings together people from throughout Silicon Valley and the South Bay to enjoy an entertaining and fun afternoon of bocce ball, fabulous food, and both a silent and live auction showcasing fine wines and one-of-a-kind experiences. 

 

This year's event had more than 250 guests feasting on wonderful barbecued lamb and many delicious accompanying dishes while participating in spirited yet friendly auction bidding. When the bidding was over, a total of $100,500 was raised, surpassing last year's event total and bringing the cumulative amount raised from this event to more than $1 million for the House. 

 

These critical funds help provide families facing medical crises a warm, comfortable bed to sleep in, nourishing meals, and access to a variety of supportive programs and services designed to help families stay and heal together while their child receives treatment at nearby Lucile Packard Children's Hospital  Stanford.   

 

On behalf of the entire staff of Ronald McDonald House at Stanford and the families that call the House their home, we offer our heartfelt thanks to the entire Spring Lamb Barbecue committee, volunteers, and supporters who made this year's event the success it was. We also extend a very special thank you to Campo di Bocce for graciously donating their amazing facility for this event each year. Your combined dedication and support has resulted in one of the most important community partnerships for the House and allows us to continue to be the home-away-from-home for families when they need it the most. 

AT RONALD McDONALD HOUSE at STANFORD

There are many ways, large and small, to get involved with Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. We welcome you to join our House community of support by contributing in whatever way you can.  Below are some special opportunities to help children and families staying at the House feel at home.
SPECIAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES**
Volunteers are crucial to the creation of a home-away-from-home and welcoming community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses.  Current special volunteer opportunities:
ACN CONFERENCE VOLUNTEERS

Are you looking for a way to support Ronald McDonald House at Stanford while tapping into your fun, creative side? Do you like interacting with people who have a passion for supporting our mission? Do you have a few hours available to volunteer in San Jose during the weekend of June 19-21? 

 

If you answered yes, we'd love to speak with you about an opportunity to join other volunteers and a House staff member at SAP Center to help us collect donations from attendees at the ACN regional conference. ACN is a distributor of telecommunication services to domestic and business markets and is a national partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities. Since the partnership was first formed, ACN has raised more than $4 million through their conference donation program. 

 

House staff and volunteers walk throughout the arena concourse to mingle with hundreds of enthusiastic conference attendees and collect donations. Past volunteers describe this special event as the "wildest volunteer experience I ever had." The more volunteers we provide, the more we can raise for the House.    

 

Volunteers are asked to commit to working a 4-5 hour shift on one or more days during the conference. Please email Jeff Scanlan or call 650-470-6036 for more information about this exciting opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families who call the House their home.

CALL FOR DONATIONS*
We rely on the generosity of donors in our community to help provide much-needed funds, goods, and services for critically ill children and families. We welcome donations of new and unused items at the House front office seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Right now, we have a special need for:

 

FATHER'S DAY BASKETS 
(donations needed by June 19)
CAMP RMHS ITEMS
(donations accepted year-round) 
  • house slippers
  • grooming and shaving supplies
  • small sports or auto-related items
  • gift cards
  • travel size sunscreen
  • child size hats
  • travel size hand sanitizer
  • travel size tissues
  • reusable water bottles  
LUNCH 2 GO
(donations accepted year-round) 
SPECIAL HOUSE ITEMS
(donations accepted year-round) 

House families often don't have time to sit down and enjoy a healthy lunch. You can help keep busy parents and kids fueled on the go by gathering your friends or coworkers and bagging up some nutritious lunches and delivering them to thankful families at the House. Lunch2Go is also an ideal group activity for volunteers under 16 years of age. Email elee@rmhstanford.org for more information.

  • bicycle locks
  • bicycle helmets (all sizes)

To learn more about making a donation or participating in a special volunteer opportunity, please contact  Erica Lee, program coordinator, at  elee@rmhstanford.org, or call 650-470-6011.

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*Due to infection control protocols, all donated items must be new and unused, and perishable items must be individually wrapped. 

**Bilingual Spanish/English speaking candidates for all volunteer opportunities are given priority in the application process. The minimum age for volunteering in the House is 16 years of age.
Our Mission:
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.