Why take part?
By getting involved in Earn Your Stripes, you’ll be raising funds to support Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney.
The House in Westmead, Sydney gives seriously ill and injured children the best gift of all – their families. It’s a warm and supportive home-away-from-home for families of children in need of specialist medical care.
The House provides a safe and welcoming environment where families can stay connected, and parents can communicate more easily with their child’s medical team.
Supporting over 2,000 families a year
In 2018, Ronald McDonald House Westmead was completely transformed into a purpose-built, 60-room facility to be able to cater for more families in need. Now the charity can support over 2,000 families a year.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney
When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness or is critically injured, it can have a devastating impact on their family. And as well as all the uncertainty and fear, there’s the added stress for families who don’t live close to the medical care their child needs.
Ronald McDonald House Charities GWS has a wide range of programs which help families to stay together so they have the support of loved ones when they need it most.
Kim and Lane’s story
In 2015, aged just 9, Lane was diagnosed with osteopetrosis, a genetic condition known as ‘brittle bones’. His painful condition resulted in multiple fractures over the years and in January 2019, when he was 13, he broke his hip while simply running.
It was during the trip to hospital after that incident, travelling 4.5 hours from their home town of Parkes to Sydney for orthopaedic surgery, that Lane’s family found out about Ronald McDonald House.
“We didn’t know it right away, but Ronald McDonald House would become our family’s home-away-from-home for the next 150 nights.”
Lane embarked on a long road of intense and invasive treatment for his condition. He was confined to a wheelchair for an extended period and also at risk of losing his eyesight, due to compression on the nerves leading to his eyes.
Due to the seriousness of his condition, Lane needed a bone marrow transplant. In November 2019, his 9-year-old sister Lacey was cleared as a suitable match. Thankfully, the transplant went well, with x-rays since showing that Lane’s bones have healed.
“I honestly don’t know what we would’ve done without the House. I’ve felt constantly supported by all the staff here. They – and I mean everyone, the cleaners, office staff and volunteers – have all done the journey with us too.”
Lane’s mum, Kim, from Parkes, NSW