by Jeff Wilson Certified Arborist IL-0099A
A few years back, I learned of the mission of the Ronald McDonald House when a friend and colleague’s ten-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer. Having a daughter of my own the same age, I could understand the fear that both parents had.
The Milwaukee Ronald McDonald House (RMH), located across the street from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, is a place for children and their parents to stay while undergoing lengthy treatments.
Since 1984, over 27,000 families from 568 Wisconsin communities, 48 states and 26 foreign countries have called the House their “home.” Over 350 volunteers help keep the doors open 365 days a year.
We let families focus on one thing – the health of their child – and keep families together when it counts the most. This is a house built with love and filled with hope.
-PAM BUCKLEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RMH
This past fall, the crews of Wachtel Tree Science and Service “adopted” the trees surrounding the RMH by agreeing to provide care for them. On Saturday November 17, under the direction of Wachtel Certified Arborist Jeff Hagfors, crew members and their families volunteered their morning to prune the trees and shrubs located in the Secret Garden. Earlier in the week, Wachtel plant healthcare crews performed needed preservation treatments. Wachtel is committed to providing this service each year at no cost to RMH.
The Secret Garden was designed by local landscape architect Vicky Garcia, of Johnson Nurseries and is maintained by the Milwaukee Area Master Gardeners, coordinated by Ann Phillips. This private garden provides a place where the children and their parents can be outside between treatments, in a beautiful, natural setting unlike any hospital room.
My friend’s daughter, now 17, looks forward to starting college next year, thanks in a large part to the RMH. We are pleased that our “family” will be contributing to this worthwhile effort in the future, doing our part for the kids of Wisconsin and beyond.
You can learn more about RMH and how to volunteer at www.rmhcmilwaukee.com.