Chiefs 'Red Friday' sales to help critically sick children - KCTV5

Chiefs 'Red Friday' sales to help critically sick children

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More families coming to the metro to care for their critically sick children will have one less worry when it comes where to stay the night.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City is planning to build a third house in the metro.

The two current homes have run out of space. In 2012 alone, they had to turn away 1,000 families. Building a third home is their only answer, but to do it, they need donations.

It is a rare moment for 6-year-old Chase Stooksbury to be feeling well. He has stage 4 neuroblastoma, a cancer that targets his nerve tissue.

"He didn't have any function from the upper spine down," Chase's mom, Tera Stooksbury, said.

Chase's daily chemotherapy treatment is part of a clinical trial at Children's Mercy Hospital. He can't get it anywhere else. But he lives in Albany, MO, a two-hour drive away.

"If he is to have a reaction, we need to be able to get here fast," Stooksbury said.

Ronald McDonald House Charities gives families, like the Stooksburys, a free place to stay the night, weeks or months until their child is well.

Right now, it has two houses with 67 beds, but that's not enough.

"We've had an expansion and an incredible pediatric care and services here in the Kansas City community. Our need just increases," executive director Holly Buckendahl said.

In 2012, Ronald McDonald House Charities turned away 1,000 families.

"It has been really tough to turn families away over the last 2 1/2 years. Our waiting list any day is 12 to 14 names deep, and every day we work the list one at a time to get families in," Buckendahl said.

They need a new house. The plan is to build one on the lot at 25th and Cherry streets near the two existing homes.

The new home will fit 20 more rooms so that more people can feel at home, away from home.

"It ensures you a smile, a hug, a warm meal, a hot shower, a safe place for your kids. It's a very friendly place and whenever you're going through things like Chase and what other families are going through. It means the world," Buckendahl said.

The house is going to cost $4.5 million. They are short about $700,000.

The Kansas City Chiefs chose Ronald McDonald House Charities to benefit from their "Red Friday" newspaper sales to help raise money for the house.

To show your support, you can buy the "Red Friday" newspapers at all area McDonald's in addition to main intersections in the city.

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