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Heard on the Street: RMH asking for help to match $250,000 grant for expansion

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To earn a $250,000 grant, the Ronald McDonald House of Rochesterneeds to collect $250,000 in matching donations

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundationis offering the challenge grant of $250,000 to help the RMH raise the money it needs to build a $16.5 million dollar expansion that will more than double the size of the Second Street Southwest facility to become a 92,000-square-foot complex. The foundation was created by the Best Buyfounder Richard Schulze.

If the nonprofit does not match the Schulze grant, it will not receive any funding from the foundation. The Schulze Family Foundation is very familiar with Rochester as a longtime Mayo Clinicdonor.

"We are tremendously grateful for this opportunity," said Ed Clark, chairman of the fundraising campaign.

The Schultze grant will help RMH get closer to the remaining $4.5 million needed to raised before it can break ground on the expansion.

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In 2016, the house gave 838 families a place to stay, while their children were being treated at Mayo Clinic. However, there were 1,005 families that did not get a room in the facility.

"Families travel great distances to our House and often have exhausted every medical resource available near their homes," said Executive Director Peggy Elliott. "We must answer the call to provide love and hope to seriously ill children and their families."

Another factor is that the average family stay for patients receiving proton beam therapy is increasing. In 2015, the average stay was 14 nights. That number has since more than doubled to 36 nights. It appears the growth of Mayo Clinic amid the Destination Medical Centerinitiative is spurring a need to accommodate more patients and for longer stays.

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