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Photograph by: Carol Stewart Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas T hese are big shoes to fill. in 2011—more than 4,000 overnight stays. A small staff—supplemented by many a Demand increases in tandem with the Upstate’s big-hearted volunteer—operates Greenville’s growing reputation for exceptional pediatric care; Ronald McDonald House. Here in “the house expansion plans are underway to add a dozen that love built,” they’re carrying on a legacy of suites to the 10,000-square-foot House, which hope, a lightening of the load when a parent’s heart currently comprises 12 bedrooms with private is made heavy by fear, uncertainty or doubt. baths, a living room, dining room, playroom, double kitchen and laundry facilities as well as an More than temporary housing for families with outdoor patio and playground. hospitalized children, Ronald McDonald House is a refuge, a safe haven. “We are a home away Funding is provided by corporate, civic and 706 Grove Road, Greenville 864.235.0506 from home,” says Chief Development Officer Marti individual donations; McDonald’s owner/operators; Spencer. “We help parents withstand the strain of and a variety of local fundraising events. www.rmhc-carolinas.org a child’s medical crisis.” “This is a place of hope,” Marti says. Non-Profit The Grove Road facility hosted over 300 families 66 behind the counter | 2012