KC Real Estate Agents Partnering with Ronald McDonald House to Benefit Families

Gold Key Project Kansas CityReeceNichols and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (RMHC-KC) are teaming up on the Gold Key Project: a volunteer program for ReeceNichols agents to support families staying at our local Ronald McDonald Houses. While RMHC-KC aims to keep families close to their sick children, ReeceNichols strives to find the perfect place for families to live in our community. When a client buys or sells a house with a Gold Key Agent, they provide a family in need with one night’s stay ($100 donation) at RMHC-KC while their child receives critical medical treatment.

When I was given the opportunity to participate as a Gold Key Agent and support one of our favorite charities,  Ronald McDonald House  Charities of Kansas City, I did  not  hesitate to commit.  My family  was  blessed by the Ronald McDonald Houses many times over the years  during  my  son’s  battle with epilepsy.Ronald McDonald House

My son, Danny, started experiencing seizures when he was five years old. He’d have them  a few  times a week and to say it was heartbreaking to watch him go through that would be an understatement. We needed to do something to ease his suffering, and Ronald McDonald House Charities came to the rescue when we embarked on  the  journey that lasted several years.

Danny  was hospitalized  many  times  because of bad seizures.  When  those happened,  we  had  dinners  at the Ronald McDonald  Family Room located inside Children’s Mercy  Hospital.  During his  first brain surgery  to  stop his seizures, I stayed in an  overnight room in the Ronald McDonald Family Room — one of seven.  During those stressful times, it was such a respite to be able to get some rest but still  be within steps of Danny’s hospital room.

Eventually it was determined that Danny would need a second brain surgery to stop his seizures, which meant we needed to travel to Cleveland, Ohio.  We stayed  at  the Ronald McDonald House  in  Cleveland  for over a month  while Danny  prepared  for  surgery,  had  the procedure,  was  hospitalized  afterward,  and  started the recovery process. It meant everything to  us  to know  we could stay close  to him while he fought to get better.Ronald McDonald House

The  other families staying at  the  Ronald McDonald Houses  were  another support system we were lucky to  have.  Families  bond while  staying  at  the  Ronald McDonald  House, providing each other  with  friendly,  listening  ears  and encouragement.  We still  stay  in contact with some  of the  families that were  at the Ronald McDonald House  with  us.

Staying at Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) while a child is receiving critical health care is such a blessing to the family. RMHC employees and volunteers make families feel as welcome and comfortable as possible, and I cannot tell you how crucial their care is to families experiencing a rollercoaster of emotions while their children are being treated.

I am  happy to share that  Danny’s seizures did  cease after his second brain surgery.  He is so much healthier now that he  is  seizure-free.  He  is a freshman in high school with good school attendance,  and  he  loves to wrestle on his high school’s team.

Our family is forever grateful for the support and  hospitality we received  from the Ronald McDonald House  during Danny’s  life-saving  brain surgeries.  As a  Reece Nichols  Real Estate agent,  I am looking forward to  making a  donation  to  the  Ronald McDonald House  Charities of Kansas City  from every house I sell  through  the  Gold Key Project.

Karin headshot Gold Key ProjectBorn and raised in Kansas City, Karin Shaughnessey lives in Liberty with her husband, two teenagers and two black labs. After teaching secondary high school and middle school for 17 years, Karin became a real estate agent. She’s been an agent with ReeceNichols Real Estate for five years and loves guiding people through one of the biggest financial decisions of their life. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, flower gardening and cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.


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