Local students honored for raising over $90k for Albany Ronald McDonald House

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Ronald McDonald House in Albany honored people who help keep its doors open.

“I had a meltdown,” Danielle Eriole said. “It was really tough, actually.”

Eriole gave birth three months ago. But her son was born with the umbilical cord around his neck and has neurological brain damage.

Eriole is staying at the Albany Ronald McDonald House while her son receives care at Albany Medical Center.

“I don’t have to travel,” she said. “I can be closer to my son, and they’re all really, really nice here.”

The Ronald McDonald House provides a place for families to live at no cost to them while their children receive care at a nearby hospital. Students from across the Capital Region raised more than $90,000 for the Albany Ronald McDonald House by reading books.

“With their reading and the money that was raised, it helps us keep the doors open here for more families to use the Ronald McDonald House,” Resident House Director Debbie Ross said.

On Friday, students that helped raise the money got to tour the Ronald McDonald House.

“Sometimes, they always have to go back to the hospital, but at least they get to be with their families here,” Serena Lacomba said.

“I had fun reading and raising money because I knew I was helping,” Killian Gibson said.

They know their donations will help people like Eriole feel at home at the Ronald McDonald House.

“This is actually one of the best experiences of my life, actually,” Eriole said.

This is the second year of the Read for Ronald McDonald program. Next year, they hope to raise more money and read more books.

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