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Positively Upstate: Ronald McDonald House, second home for families receiving care

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When Elizabeth Foley’s son Chase relapsed with leukemia, her family once again arrived at the door of Albany’s Ronald McDonald House. And once again they were welcomed with open arms.

“They had a plan figured out for us already. Like, how we were all going to do this.” Foley says. Her family was from Syracuse at the time and the treatment Chase needed could only be accessed at Albany Medical Center. “That means more than anything. That (knowing) a family doesn’t have to do this alone.”

The Ronald McDonald House is a place where families can stay, free of charge, when they have to move from home to get the best possible care for their children who are terminally ill or facing life-threatening challenges.

“We left behind everybody we knew. All our family, all our community … to a strange place. And it never felt strange.” Foley says.

At the Ronald McDonald House, Elizabeth and her son met a new family comprised of volunteers and other families going through similar situations. She soon became close friends with Sarah Nauberiet. Sarah’s son, Cameron, was battling brain cancer and she moved from Indian Lake to be closer to his doctors.

“Our first thoughts were what are we going to do? Where are we going to stay?” Nauberiet says.

Like Foley, she had a young daughter too; who couldn’t be left unattended all day while her mother was at the hospital. The RMH has volunteers to watch after other children in the family and prepare meals as well.

“The Ronald McDonald House is just a wonderful place.” Nauberiet says. “We now it our family. Our second house.”

“You don’t know what this house is until you have to use it. You don’t know it’s not just a bed or a hot meal.” Foley says.

Both Chase and Cameron are currently in remission and their families remain close.

Ronald McDonald House Charities is run completely off donations. It also runs two family rooms at Albany Medical Center to keep relatives comfortable while staying at the hospital.

Join CBS6 this weekend for the 17th annual 2018 RMHC Radiothon. Presented by Capital Bank, Albany Broadcasting and the Crossgates Mall it’s one of the organization’s most important fundraisers of the year. 2017 raised over $135,000.

For more information and HOW to donate, click the following link: https://www.rmhcofalbany.org/events/2018-annual-rmhc-radiothon-january-19th-20th

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