The “Go baby Go” project involves modifying off the shelf toy cars to allow access and mobility for special needs drivers (between the ages of 2 and 7). These modifications include changing the electronics, adding or removing seating components, and possibly changing the steering mechanism so all drivers can safely and independently navigate their environment. Started at the University of Delaware by Professor Galloway, he dreamed a program to bridge the gap between children who suffered from mobility issues and their desire to explore the world around them. Since his start in 2007, he has fit over 100 children for adaptive toy cars, and has sparked up local chapters throughout the United States as well as internationally. We are proud to have started the first Long Island chapter.
Many families travel far from home and spend several weeks or months to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children – a long time to be away or to divide a family. And, for children facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having mom and dad close by for love and support. A Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to call home so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little to no cost.
Our Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.
Allow Families to Face the Weight of Illness Together
Families are stronger when they are together. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House, parents can better communicate with their child’s medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans when needed. They can also focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning or cooking meals.
Allow Children to Get the Best Care
When your child is sick, you want the best care possible – even if it is hundreds or thousands of miles away. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or sometimes no cost.
Services for Families
Depending on the House, these services may also be available:
The generosity of volunteers and donors make it all possible. In return, guest families are asked to make a donation for each night’s stay to help continue operations for future guest families. No eligible family is ever turned away or denied future access to the program because they could not or did not make a donation.