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Eat to donate to the Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House is a very important part of this community.

I remember how it got started here in Columbus.

My friends Doug and Jan Crawford's daughter, Kendall was diagnosed with leukemia right after Labor Day in 1992.

Doug and Jan drove back and forth to Atlanta's Egleston Hospital for months, and were able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House up there.

Kendall needed a bone marrow transplant, so the Crawfords started a bone marrow drive. Jan's sister, Jennifer Horne, was instrumental in getting the community out to donate.

Sadly, they lost Kendall six months later.

They knew that Columbus didn't have one. So Jan and Jennifer went to work, getting the community involved in building a Ronald McDonald House.

In 1993, it opened.

People assume that McDonald's own all of the Ronald McDonald House. Each House is responsible for its upkeep. And you can imagine what it's like to make sure a house that large is kept up month after month.

So there are a number of fundraisers.

The past few years, I've been involved in the Round-Up. That's when I hang out during lunch at one of the McDonald's and ask customers for their change. It's a lot of fun and I get to see friends and meet a lot of people.

I got an email from the new development director Melody Moran about two new fundraisers.

Both are on Saturday.

The first is at Chill Yogurt Cafe, 5555 Whittlesey Blvd., between 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Chill will donate 20 percent of your bill to the RMH. There's one catch -- you must have an invitation.

But it's easy to get an invitation. Go to the RMH website to print out the invitation.

The second is at Stevi B's in Harmony Place. If you eat there, 20 percent of your bill will be donated to the RMH. And if you can't go Saturday, the restaurant will do this every first Saturday of the month.

For more information, call 706-321-0033.

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