Thousands Rock The Walk At This Year's Walk For Kids, Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities Of Southern California

Sun Apr 7, 2013 11:00am EDT

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LOS ANGELES,  April 7, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Individuals, families, businesses
and community groups laced up across four  Southern California  locations for
the Walk for Kids event, benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities of 
Southern California  (RMHCSC). Spirited teams turned out to raise funds and
awareness for six Ronald McDonald Houses, two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and
Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.  

The organization aimed to raise  $2 million  during the non-competitive 5k
pledge events which took place at Honda Centerin  Anaheim, Exposition Park in 
Los Angeles, Citizens Business Bank Arena in  Ontario  and Shoreline Park in 
Long Beach. Funds will be used to provide overnight stays for families at Ronald
McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, and visits to Camp Ronald
McDonald for Good Times.  

"It is so incredible to see thousands of  Southern California  residents at our
Walk for Kids event today and we are so grateful for their support," said  Vince
Bryson, CEO, RMHCSC. "These dedicated participants secured donations from their
networks of friends, family and colleagues so we can continue to provide vital
programs and services to families of seriously ill children."

Ronald McDonald Houses, located in  Bakersfield,  Loma Linda,  Long Beach,  Los
Angeles,  Orange  and  Pasadena, offer low-cost, and often free, temporary
housing for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby
hospitals and medical centers. Camp  Ronald McDonald  for Good Times provides
children with cancer an opportunity to process their diagnosis and restore their
self-esteem while learning independence and self-reliance in the therapeutic
environment of the great outdoors. Ronald McDonald Family Rooms serve as an
oasis inside the hospital for parents with children in the pediatric intensive
care unit and neonatal intensive care unit.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of  Southern California

For more than 35 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of  Southern California 
(RMHCSC) programs have been committed to providing comfort, care and support to
children and families through a variety of wellness and educational programs
across  Inyo,  Kern,  Los Angeles,  Orange,  Riverside,  San Bernardino,  San
Luis Obispo,  Santa Barbara  and  Ventura  counties. With the help of
volunteers, RMHCSC operates six Ronald McDonald Houses in  Bakersfield,  Loma
Linda,  Long Beach,  Los Angeles,  Orange  and  Pasadena  and two Ronald
McDonald Family Rooms, which help seriously-ill children and their families stay
together during difficult times. The organization is also the only Ronald
McDonald House Charities chapter that operates the cost-free, medically
supervised, year-round Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times, designed to help
children rediscover their self-esteem, self-reliance and independence after
experiencing cancer. Within  Southern California, RMHCSC has provided nearly 
$17 million  in funding through its Community Grants Board to deserving
non-profits and funds four college scholarship programs that have awarded more
than  $4.2 million  to exemplary high school students. More information about
RMHCSC and its programs can be found at  www.rmhcsc.org  or on  Facebook  and 
Twitter.

 Contact:  Sarah Stanley                    
           (323) 762-2447                   
           sarah.stanley@porternovelli.com  


SOURCE  Ronald McDonald House Charities of  Southern California

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