March 6, 2012
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STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's Cardinal for the Community campaign (C4C) returned to the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday where Cardinal athletes spent the afternoon with patients and their families. Members of the football, swimming and water polo teams led arts and crafts activities, decorated cookies and played Bingo with children in the facility's common area.
For families staying at Ronald McDonald house, the visit was a welcome break from serious health-related issues.
"She's so happy right now," said one mother watching her daughter from across the room. "It's been amazing staying here. The people are great and the visit from the Stanford athletes is the highlight of our week."
"It's really fun and rewarding to be here," said senior swimmer Sam Woodward. "These families have been through so much and it's nice to bring a little joy to their day."
Football players Josh Nunes, Jordan Richards and Alex Yazdi decided to participate in the event after taking part in the Habitat for Humanity build last weekend
"We are so lucky to have the opportunities we do at Stanford," said Nunes. "It's our responsibility to give back to the community and all the great things Ronald McDonald House is a part of."
About Cardinal for the Community: Cardinal for the Community connects Stanford student-athletes with community groups to build sustainable partnerships and support the surrounding community. C4C is supported by Stanford Athletics and the Haas Center for Public Service. For more information visit http://www.gostanford.com/community
About Ronald McDonald House: Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.
The House welcomes families whose children are receiving highly specialized care--such as organ transplants, chemotherapy, radiation, or bone marrow transplants--at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.