The Times West Virginian

Local News

March 11, 2013

Ronald McDonald House expansion delayed

Addition of family room won’t be done until May

FAIRMONT — Steve De Jesus can recall a recent incident in which the new Ronald McDonald Family Room at WVU Children’s Hospital really would have come in handy.

A family had a premature baby that was not doing well.

“They ended up losing the child,” said De Jesus, the CEO and executive director of the Ronald McDonald House in Morgantown.

Before that happened, however, the family would not leave the child’s side.

“They were so committed, they would not come over to the house,” De Jesus said. “They stayed with the child there for about five days, 24 hours a day.”

When the Ronald McDonald Family Room is completed, families like that will have access to a 1,000-square-foot space that will feature a full kitchen, a shower room, a mother’s breastfeeding room, a full-size living room with a big-screen TV, a computer area with Wi-Fi access as well as laptops, and food that will be mostly donated from different organizations.

Ronald McDonald House officials announced the $275,000 project last year and hoped to start construction in January, with completion by the first of April. But after a delay, construction was set to begin last week, with completion sometime in May.

The delay happened when the office of the West Virginia State Fire Marshal asked for changes in the construction plans so the room would meet code.

“It was very minor,” De Jesus said. “A couple of walls came out into the hallway 8 inches more than allowed. So by the time we redid them and sent them back to the fire marshal, it just took time.”

The first Ronald McDonald House was established in Philadelphia in 1974 after the daughter of a Philadelphia Eagles football player was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 3.

 

Full story

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Local water project nearing completion

    Officials say the Fairview water line extension project is on track to meet the goal of making water available to all new customers by the end of this week.

    July 27, 2014

  • Fundraising continues for local military memorial

    Despite three years of fundraising, Marion County's Purple Heart Memorial remains unfinished.

    July 27, 2014

  • Therapy Riding 1 SS - CB.jpg Horses at On Eagles’ Wings help change lives for better: VIDEO AND PHOTOS

    Out at the end of a long gravel drive off Opekiska Ridge Road, nestled under the shade of the forest and the sun of the West Virginia hills, rests the green and gold pastures of On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship Center.
    There are horses there — whinnying out of their stall windows, munching in the paddock and, most importantly, helping people with disabilities gain strength and independence in the riding ring.

    July 27, 2014 9 Photos

  • Capito maintains edge in fundraising

    Republican candidate Shelley Moore Capito still leads Democratic candidate Natalie Tennant in fundraising efforts for election to the U.S. Senate seat.
    Current U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s announced his intention to retire from the Senate in January 2013.
    Capito announced her intention to run for the seat in November 2012, giving her an early start in raising campaign funds. Tennant, currently West Virginia secretary of state, announced her campaign 10 months later, in September 2013.

    July 27, 2014

  • Completion of Korean War Memorial being pushed

    The Korean War Memorial will begin the process of reorganizing and begin to move towards completion faster.
    Marion County Development Office director Charlie Reese was asked by the Marion County Commission to provide a recommendation on how to complete the memorial. Last Wednesday, Reese presented his recommendation during the commission meeting.

    July 27, 2014

  • CRAFTS -TS.jpg Donors thanked at Christmas in July: PHOTOS

    Guests got into the Christmas spirit Saturday at the Marion County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
    The Rotary Club of South Fairmont and the Marion County CVB held a Christmas in July open house at the CVB location on the Gateway Connector to thank donors who have supported the upcoming Celebration of Lights and to sell more displays.

    July 27, 2014 6 Photos

  • Fire destroys old Rusty Spur

    A fire destroyed the old Rusty Spur in Monongah Friday night.
    The Monongah Volunteer Fire Department was among emergency units which responded to the call, which came at 9:08 p.m.

    July 27, 2014

  • Horses at On Eagles’ Wings help change lives for better

    Out at the end of a long gravel drive off Opekiska Ridge Road, nestled under the shade of the forest and the sun of the West Virginia hills, rests the green and gold pastures of On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Horsemanship Center.
     

    July 26, 2014

  • Donors thanked at Christmas in July

    Guests got into the Christmas spirit Saturday at the Marion County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    July 26, 2014

  • Fire destroys old Rusty Spur

    A fire destroyed the old Rusty Spur in Monongah Friday night.

    July 26, 2014

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads