Today we celebrated For a Day Foundation's 18th anniversary at Florida Hospital for Children! We turned girls into queens and boys into superheroes with the help of our special guest, Ericka Dunlap, Miss America 2004! Together, we went room to room, visiting a total of 7 children (4 girls and 3 boys.)
Maddie was also interviewed by the Owatonna newspaper, and was incredible. “They all deserve a day like this,” she stated, referring to the other children with cancer she got to know while staying at the Ronald McDonald House during treatment phases. The story made the front page, appropriately titled “Queen Maddie.”
“Our Firefighters from Engine 16 were able to join us; just as they were settling in, they received a call and had to leave. But we also had 4 Green Beret from the Army join us. They were SFC Edward J. Prescott, SSG Tyler A. Irwin, SFC Horne A. Cory and SSG William R. Musil. They entertained the boys with party favors, and their gear. The boys and girls joined in that fun. “ [photos in post]
“As we were leaving, one parent spoke very earnestly on how grateful she was for our activities. She emphasized how much it meant that instead of just finding a good TV show to watch they were able to have a special treatment and activities for fun during their appointment. It was very touching to see the impact and the bright smiles.”
Our annual Luau event was doubled this year, as we took a party into the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester a week after our Minneapolis visit.
"One little energetic boy couldn’t stop jumping, running, and even tackling things. The same little boy thought it was a better idea for him to paint the nails and face of parents and staff of the house.
We raised $3805 in one night! Thank you, DC!
Firefighters from Engine 16! The Tutu Ladies! Princess Rapunzel! Tinkerbell! Miss Music City, Chloe Hubbard! Miss Parsons, Taylor Bevis! Oh my! Our first party of the year was full of special guests!