We first introduced you to little
Nicki Harper back in February 2012. Today the 3-year-old is helping the Ronald
McDonald House Charities of Augusta break ground on a new home.
Little Nicki was first treated at
GRU's children's hospital when she had a stroke at just 2 weeks old. Since
then, the family has made nearly 40 trips from Albany, always staying in the
Ronald McDonald House on Greene Street; more than a mile and half away from the
"Parents who don't have
vehicles, they're going to have to wait a good 30 to 45 minutes before someone
can come to pick them up when something can happen, really bad, within that
time frame," said Stephanie Oxley, Nicki's mother.
Georgia Regents Medical Center is
cutting that time to a matter of seconds. GRU granted the non-profit a 60-year
lease on property just 150 yards away from the children's hospital!
"It means that they can stay
together during the critical illness; the very anxious time you have a sick
child," said Betts Murdison, president and CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta. "It means they don't have to worry about the everyday things. They can
focus on the health of their child. We'll take care of everything else for
The Ronald McDonald House
welcomes more than 600 families every year; eliminating expenses, like gas or
hotel fees, families would normally stress over, while their child is being
"The Ronald McDonald family
is our family," Oxley said. "They help us, they take care of us, and they listen to
everything…I don't know what I would do without them."
Now with the new 28
bedroom building, they're ready to make a better home away from home for their residents.
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