Over 600 'hustle' to support Ronald McDonald House - WKRN News 2

Over 600 'hustle' to support Ronald McDonald House

Posted: Updated: Sep 15, 2012 11:56 AM

Hundreds of Nashvillians did the hustle Saturday morning. They were running in the second annual Hustle for the House benefiting the Ronald McDonald House charities.

The house is known for providing low income housing for families of critically ill children. Some runners were running for a particular person, others were just supporting the cause.

Randy Brewer, who has a granddaughter in the home, assembled a team of more than 20 runners on Saturday.

"They were a godsend to us," Brewer said. "Anything we can do to help them it's a drop in the bucket for what they gave us."

Brewer's granddaughter, Lily, was born with only 10% of a diaphragm and the Ronald McDonald house provided her family with a home.

Carie Ofori, who birthed her baby at only 28 weeks, is staying at the house now.

"It's been a nice struggle for me," Ofori said. "It's been the hardest thing I've done in my entire life to be honest with you."

Her little boy, Ahmed, weighed only two pounds and is still recovering at the hospital.

Ofori says the Ronald McDonald House not only is a convenience but provides her with a support system.

"It's been a great place for me because it helps a lot of parents," Ofori said. "You know, I'm at the hospital like 10 hours a day and I can come home [and] have a home away from home."

"We go through so much emotionally. It's just really great to have this, it's wonderful."

News 2 personalities John Dwyer, Justin Bruce and Ron Johnson also ran Saturday morning.  

The Ronald McDonald house is completely funded by the community. To learn more, visit their Web site.

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