Ronald McDonald House asks you to 'adopt a room'



Posted on March 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 8:05 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- For many families, the Ronald McDonald House is a home away from home while a child is hospitalized.

The Spokane charity runs entirely on community donations, and now it’s asking for sponsors for its “Adopt a Room” program. One local restaurant already picked up the cause.

You may know it for the pizza, but Ferrante’s does more than that. The restaurant wants to give back and help the community.

Twenty-two rooms inside of the Ronald McDonald House serve as a refuge for 22 families.

Kids like 16-year-old Clay often find themselves there without any warning. He looks like a typical teen while lounging around playing video games. It’s almost hard to tell he’s battling cancer.

“We provide an important part of treatment: the mental health. We make sure families stay together through the crisis,” Marketing Director Colleen Fox said.

Clay and his mom live in room 16, which Ferrante’s has sponsored for the past three years.

“We basically striped the room, painted, brought in new bedding, new linens and new décor,” Tony Ferrante said.

It’s a $4,000 commitment for two years, and right now, ten of the rooms need to be adopted. All rooms are full every night. Families sit on the waiting list to get in.

“It’s a little thing that we do compared to what he has to deal with. We’re making him feel comfortable and at home,” Ferrante said.

The restaurant on the South Hill will host a fundraiser on April 24 and 25. All of the profits will go to the Ronald McDonald House.