TMSG: Ronald McDonald House Remodels

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan will soon have even more reasons to make local families and their children smile when they need to the most.

At only 24 weeks, Ryan Nichol's wife, Casey, gave birth at sparrow to their daughter, Serenity Hope, in July. The Nichols were on vacation in Lansing visting family, eight hours away from home and didn't know where to turn. That's when they followed doctors orders and went to the Ronald McDonald House of Mid-Michigan.

“We don't have to worry about food and everything is supplied that we need. And it's nice for me cause when I'm gone, I know she's in a place where she's got a nice, quiet place to relax and get some peace away from people and doctors,” said the Nichols', guests of the house.

“While you're here, it's ok to relax, it's ok to just let the troubles go for a little while,” said Matt Dugener, the executive director of the house.

Dugener says as many as eight families like the Nichols can be cared for at one time, with bigger and improved spaces on the way soon.

“Everyone one of our families is going through a really tough time. And we try to take their minds off of that when they are here with us. We want to help those troubles melt away as much as we can,” said Dugener.

Thanks to a grant from the Grainger Foundation, the house is in the process of transforming. A bold two year project aimed to make families even more comfortable and in more friendly surroundings. Something the Nichols say will give many parents and kids the hope and serenity they need, just like their daughter.

The goal is to have all eight rooms remodeled by 2015. Each one costs about $25,00 to make-over, so it's now a major fundraising campaign for the Ronald McDonald House. The first will be ready in September.

To find out more about how you can help make a difference, visit Seen on 6.

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