A cause I’m interested in is The Ronald McDonald House, a community for families of children suffering life-threatening illness. It provides a place to call home while the children undergo treatment at nearby Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford gives families of children receiving hospital care a place to live for the duration of their medical treatment. Through the generous support of volunteers and donors, they charge families only $10 per night, a small fraction of the cost of staying in a hotel in Palo Alto.
The house currently has 47 rooms and volunteers routinely turn families away due to full occupancy. Luckily, they are receiving an update this year that allows them to build 63 more rooms and expand a large family facility.
This year, I am honored to be decorating two spaces in the house: a guest room and a sitting room. Similar to the process of bidding for a room at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, this project will require me to create a concept board and present my ideas for the space, source furniture and complete the final room installation.
The bright and cheery rooms provide happiness and relief for families who may have traveled across the country for their children to receive treatment. The Ronald McDonald House serves as a supportive community and provides a low-stress environment for families and the siblings of ill children to play and live their lives. Families are given private space and the interior design is functional and practical, but beautiful and meant to last.
I’ll be designing the two rooms as part of the Ronald McDonald House’s renovations. The final house will be completed in December with the room installations happening this October, so check back for more updates and progress on my ideas. I am so excited for this experience and the opportunity to help a wonderful cause. If you would like to help out, a link will be available to donate on March 16th, so stay tuned!
Photo Credit: The Ronald McDonald House