Ronald McDonald House Charities

Edited by Jill Spitznass May 19, 2009

Diagnosed with renal failure shortly after birth, 2-year-old Emily has been on dialysis most of her life. During that time, her parents have frequently brought her from their home in Roseburg to receive treatment at Oregon Health & Science University. While in town, they stay at the Ronald McDonald House–one of two in Portland, which is one of only 14 cities worldwide that operate multiple facilities.

Tom Soma, executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon & Southwest Washington, is happy to report that they’ll be seeing less of Emily and her family in the future. "Emily received a kidney from her aunt last week, and she’s doing well," he says. "Ideally, our interaction with the family will taper off over the next 10 years. That’s the way we like to see these things happen."

What they do: Provide temporary lodging and support to families of seriously ill children What they need: Donated items for Ronald McDonald House (call for list) What they can do with $100: Provide one night’s stay for a family Whom to call: Kristine Baggett, 503-287-7600, x133 Where on the Web:

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