The living room at Ronald McDonald House in New York City was silenced yesterday as twelve dotmailer volunteers sat motionless, in awe of a pediatric cancer survivor playing the piano. After hours of cleaning the house, this young hero quite literally struck a chord with everyone in the room. dotmailer’s Josh Arnold said, “The day was pretty awe-inspiring. A brief three minutes of bonding with this child was an emotional experience that I’ve never felt before. You could see the passion running through him, and his delight in a stranger appreciating his amazing talent.” The large round of applause sent a huge, heartwarming smile across the young boy’s face. As if learning about the house’s mission wasn’t enough, this small moment had the team anxious to schedule a visit to help again soon.
Piano lessons are one of the many activities the RMHNY makes sure the children can continue throughout their treatments. They offer tutoring in music as well as any other extracurriculars the children were engaging in before their diagnosis.
Given dotmailer’s long standing relationship with St. George’s Society, RMHNY was the perfect opportunity for the two organizations to come together and support the community. The teams were given a group tour of the house and then broken up into smaller groups and assigned cleaning tasks. Because the children in the house are undergoing cancer treatments, the house must be kept immaculate, which leaves a tremendous amount of cleaning to be done daily. There was no lack of passion as the individual teams worked throughout the house.
We truly rise lifting others. Days spent giving back not only benefit the community, but they also bond a team.
Ronald McDonald House NYC
RMHNYC welcomes families from across the country with accommodations while children receive cancer treatment at local hospitals. The NYC house can hold 95 families at the small request of just $35 a night. When a child is facing cancer, the last thing the family needs is to struggle to find affordable accommodations in such an expensive city. RMHNY relieves that stress by not only providing housing, but also making a family’s stay as peaceful, playful, and happy as possible. “Ronald McDonald house is a happy place,” said tour leader Daniele Starfield. Giving the children and their siblings a childhood, while they undergo treatment seems to be the mission of the caregivers as well as the incredible staff.
For more information on upcoming Fundraisers at RMHNYC, please visit their volunteers page.