Wins for Kansas: Ronald McDonald House Charities Wichita

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Having a chronically sick child can be difficult - not only emotionally, but financially. That's why hundreds of families visit a Ronald McDonald House in Wichita each year.

"We know that they're facing a crisis. We know that their child is sick," said Amy Forbes, who helps to run the local charity. "Unfortunately, families have to weigh that decision. And sometimes they consider declining health care treatment for their child, because access to medical care hours away is not affordable to them."

Keeping the families of those sick children close is what the Ronald McDonald House offers. Inside each home, families can relax and focus on what's important.  

"It becomes a home away from home to so many families who don't know what they'll do," Forbes explained.

Each Ronald McDonald House also offers support from staff and volunteers. "We can really bridge that gap and make it possible to give families an opportunity to have all those resources available and alleviate that burden," Forbes said.

Wichita's Ronald McDonald House Charities was honored with a $500 Wins for Kansas grant by DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers.

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