Antonio Bachour, proprietor and head chef of Bachour Eating places in South Florida and former Ronald McDonald Home visitor, has donated $13,000 to Ronald McDonald Home Charities (RMHC) of South Florida.
The donation originated from a month-long Mom’s Day fundraiser he hosted for RMHC at his Coral Gables and Doral eating places, through which 10 p.c of all pastry and dessert gross sales throughout Could went to the charity.
In June, Chef Bachour visited the Ronald McDonald Home in Miami to current the donation verify and meet among the households his important contribution will assist. Not solely did this fundraiser present much-needed funds for RMHC, nevertheless it allowed Chef Antonio to provide again to a charity that housed and supported him and his mom when he survived a lethal brush with most cancers as a toddler.
“I hosted this fundraiser for RMHC throughout Mom’s Day as a result of my mom and I have been so fortunate to have had the chance to remain in a Ronald McDonald Home, and I wish to assist give that very same alternative to different moms and their sick kids,” Chef Bachour stated.
“Having to journey for therapy is a difficult expertise for any household that goes by what we did, however staying at an RMHC Home with different households who’re going by comparable conditions and the assist from a caring and understanding workers actually makes it a neater and extra nice expertise.”
At 15 years previous, Antonio stayed at Ronald McDonald Home Charities in Philadelphia along with his mom throughout lifesaving surgical procedure on the Kids’s Hospital of Philadelphia to take away his pituitary gland, riddled with most cancers. As a Puerto Rico resident on the time, he needed to journey far to obtain this lifesaving surgical procedure from a specialist that gave him solely a ten p.c likelihood of survival — one of the best likelihood he had.
Fortunately, the hospital pointed them to the native RMHC Home, the place they acquired housing, assist, meals, and luxury within the days earlier than his surgical procedure and the month of restoration after beating the percentages.
The 1000’s raised throughout Bachour’s Mom’s Day fundraiser will likely be used to assist RMHC of South Florida present a snug “house away from house” to much more households whose kids are receiving lifesaving therapy at close by pediatric hospitals, just like the Ronald McDonald Home in Philadelphia did for Antonio and his household.
“We’re extremely grateful to Chef Antonio and his workers for serving to us give extra kids and households the chance he had,” stated Soraya Rivera-Moya, government director of RMHC South Florida. “I see kids combating sickness day-after-day, so it warms my coronary heart to fulfill a former RMHC Home visitor who beat his sickness, develop as much as be a wholesome and profitable particular person, and pay it ahead by giving again to the charity.”
For extra data, go to www.rmhcsouthflorida.org.