The Ronald McDonald House in Peoria is now less than a month away from opening. Project superintendent Jon Mummert says while he’s worked on many construction projects during his career, this one was special. Mummert’s son has had three open heart surgeries at the children’s hospital in Peoria.
“I live down around Fulton County and it was about an hour and 15 minute drive for me and I didn’t leave the hospital, I would have done anything for a place like this, it’s been my heart for this whole project and it means a lot to me,” he said.
And he is not the only one with a personal connection to the project. Carpenter Rich Strom says he’s seeing the value of a home like this within his own family. Right now, his newborn granddaughter is receiving care.
“There was complications and she was a rushed to a hospital in Chicago, since then my daughter has been staying at a Ronald McDonald House in the Chicago area right across the street from Komer Hospital,” he said.
Now, he says he cannot wait to bring this invaluable resource to Peoria.
“To have a place for the families, and seeing it first hand, this is really important, its even more special to me now, to finish it,” Strom added.
Once they finish, Ronald McDonald House of Peoria says they’ll offer families comfortable and convenient places to stay while their children receive care. In addition to 22 suites, there will be shared rooms for dining, family, gaming, and even arts and crafts.
The home is set to open its doors on December 16.