I have been a volunteer since the House opened, and it has been a major part of my children's lives since they were born. January of the first year the doors opened, I found out I was pregnant with my first child, Madyson. I was worried I would have to give up my shifts at the House, but this was not the case at all! Hearing the news, Jane Kaylor was excited and responded with "Just bring the baby with you to your shifts!" And that is what I did.
Madyson was the first "House baby" born into the organization. As she grew, she helped right along side me; helped do tasks like stuffing envelopes, making beds, and worked with me at the Family Room in Erlanger Hospital. Everyone knew Madyson. Then six years later, her little brother was born. As she started going to school, Adam took her place as my helper. Madyson won the title of Tennessee's Outstanding Teen, the sister pageant for Miss America organization.
The Ronald McDonald House was her platform charity. She has raised money and awareness for the House during her year of service as well as her years as a Miss Tennessee contestant. As an adult, her love for RMHC has grown; she's very active and willng to help in any way she can. As for Adam, my 16 year old, he is carrying on the tradition by helping with the Autumn Children's Festival, Bug-A-Paluza, the Telethon, etc...I am proud that they love the Ronald McDonald House as much as myself. The staff is a large part of our life and I wouldn't change it for the world! Happy 25th Anniversary!