The Rock the House Run and Walk was held in Calgary Sunday morning. The annual event included plenty of musicians along the route to keep people entertained during the run.
Since 1985, Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern Alberta has served over 20,000 families. Families pay $12 a night to stay at the house while their children get medical care in Calgary.
Kelsey Davidson was enjoying the run that started at Market Mall with her daughter.
“It’s really important. Ronald McDonald House provides a family home when the family is going through a horrendous time in their life. Ronald McDonald House not only provides them with a safe haven, it provides some routine to their lives when their life is getting thrown upside down,” Davidson said.
“I also work very closely with Quinn’s Legacy which is a part of SIDS Calgary and we have numerous families that use the Ronald McDonald House. We have grown a relationship with SIDS Calgary and support the families that stay there.”
Six-hundred twenty-one nights is the longest stay by a family at the house while 50 nights is the average stay. The funds raised at the Rock the House event help keep the cost low for families.
“Every year I feel like this run is growing larger and larger, even here for the one-kilometre the crowd is buzzing and it’s awesome!” Davidson said.
Last year, 308 out-of-town families stayed at the Ronald McDonald House while their children were cared for in Calgary.