Windsor Square resident Elizabeth Atlee has made her volunteerism at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, where she serves as a member of the board, personal. She shared her story with the Buzz.
I remember adults speaking in hushed tones and my Aunt Lupita’s concerned look, even when we were at Disneyland. I was only 6 years old and my second cousin, Ana Paula, had come to visit with her mom and dad out of the blue! We got to go to Disneyland, as was the usual case when we had family visiting from Mexico City, but this seemed different.
My young cousin and her parents made several trips to “visit,” having to stay with us in San Bernardino while my cousin was in Los Angeles getting treated for leukemia. This was an arduous drive for my aunt and uncle and they would have directly benefited from the services Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California provides to families. My cousin went on to live a few more years, but eventually succumbed to leukemia. I will never forget that little girl who came and went into my life so briefly and I am fundraising and serving in her honor — and for my aunt and uncle, with whom I am still close. I hope that what I do now helps other families find comfort, companionship and compassion in their journeys.
I am so proud to serve as a new member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC) Board of Directors. At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, we strive to help families with sick children to face their circumstances with a sense of courage and hope as we provide them with the essentials needed to endure some of the most difficult times.
At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California, we express our mission through our programs, which include six Ronald McDonald Houses in Bakersfield, Inland Empire, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Pasadena. We operate two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital, and we are developing new Family Rooms in Ventura, at Ventura County Medical Center, and in West Los Angeles, at UCLA/Mattel Children’s Hospital. We are also one of the only Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters across the world that operates a cost-free, medically-supervised Camp for children with cancer and their families, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.
I am also honored to participate in the annual Walk For Kids. While the walk is virtual this year, as are so many events, I will be running a 10k in April as my “walk.” The official date is April 25.
RMHCSC provides such love and support to so many. But we need to keep it financially stable to be able to continue its mission and grow to meet everyone’s needs. Please help me to do so by simply clicking here. If you’re so inclined, we also accept recurring donations.