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Foundation Grants $500K to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida

February 21, 2014 | NewsPress Releases

Foundation Grants $500K to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida

In its ongoing effort to make Central Florida a better place for all of its citizens, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has made a grant of $500,000 to Ronald McDonald Charities of Central Florida. The grant contributes to the capital campaign set on raising the $5,750,000 necessary for the construction a Ronald McDonald House®. Orlando’s third Ronald McDonald House ® will be located on the campus of Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona’s Medical City.  

Foundation President David Odahowski states, “The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors is committed to supporting the emerging health and life sciences initiatives at medical city. The construction of a Ronald McDonald House® at Nemours Children’s Hospital is a new initiative that will have a substantial impact on the health and wellness of the families whose children are being treated at Nemours. We hope our participation will inspire others to join us with their investment in this worthy project.”

Orlando’s emergence as a world-class pediatric healthcare destination and the opening of Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona Medical City have created great demand for the services provided by Ronald McDonald House®. Since Nemours opened in 2012, the hospital has provided medical care for 35,000 families from 54 of Florida’s 67 counties, 41 states and 20 countries. The Ronald McDonald House® at Nemours will provide families with a comforting home away from home during their child’s medical crisis. Parents that stay closer to their critically ill children are able to contribute to their child’s healing process.

A public fundraising push will kick off this spring, with groundbreaking planned for fall 2014.

Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation continues to show its support for the emerging medical city through leadership, advocacy and financial contributions. To date, close to $2 million has been granted to organizations such as the UCF College of Medicine, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona, Nemours Foundation and numerous other organizations dedicated to the success of this important part of Central Florida’s future.