Ronald McDonald House holds Topping Out Ceremony

Home to accommodate families while children receive treatment

ORLANDO, Fla. – Imprinted with many signatures and draped with little red paper hearts, the highest beam was lifted and placed on top of Orlando's third Ronald McDonald House during its Topping Out Ceremony.

The home themed "The House That Love Built" will accommodate families while their children receive treatment at Nemours Children's Hospital.

Clint Bullock, chairman of the board of directors, talked about how happy they are to be doing this for families in need.

"To see us this far along, it's real, it's happening, and I can't wait to open the doors and to have those families come in and stay with us," Bullock said.

Many families staying at the hospital for days and even months end up sleeping in their children's room or returning home, because they cannot afford to stay at nearby hotels.

LanDan Olivia Kloznick, who is currently staying at a Ronald McDonald House in Orlando, said it's very helpful and makes her very happy to have a place to stay since she lives so far away from the hospital.

The new building will house 15 bedrooms, a community kitchen, dining and gathering rooms, laundry facilities and a playroom, all expense free.

The $6.7 million, three-story facility is scheduled to open next spring.

About the Authors:

Candace joined the News 6 team as the weekend morning meteorologist and reporter. She comes to Central Florida from Miami.