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Kentucky families to be featured in Ronald McDonald House Calls for Kids in Nashville April 14

The 28th annual Calls for Kids Telecast Sponsored by Dell benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville will be broadcast live from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 14, on WZTV, Fox 17 Nashville. Hosts Katy Morgan, Scott Couch, Erika Kurre and Stacy Case will introduce viewers to RMHC families who have stayed at the House and highlight RMHC Nashville programs while trying to raise $125,000.

Proceeds from the Telecast support the Nashville Ronald McDonald House and the Ronald McDonald Family Room, located on the fifth floor of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The funds make it possible for RMHC of Nashville to serve families regardless of their ability to pay.

“Our Calls for Kids Telecast allows us to open the doors to our House and Family Room share our mission of supporting families during their time of need,” said Elizabeth Piercy, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville executive director. “This is our largest annual fundraiser, and we are fortunate to highlight our House, Family Room and the ways we help families of critically ill children. We can also thank the many individuals, businesses and organizations throughout Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky that support us throughout the year.”

During the Telecast, local celebrities, community leaders and volunteers answer calls from donors. Contributions can be made during the event by calling 615-322-7900 or 866-766- 9933, and donations can be made anytime by visiting www.rmhcnashville.com. Donors can “share a night” with a RMHC family for a $15 donation.

The evening features families who have stayed at the House while their children received treatment at Nashville-area hospitals. Families include:

Kendall James, from Benton, who was diagnosed with stage 3 soft tissue cancer in January 2017, stayed at the Nashville Ronald McDonald House more than 72 nights while receiving treatment.

Charlotte Massey, who was born in December 2017 with a neuro tube defect, is receiving treatment in Nashville. Her parents, Scott and Elizabeth Massey, have spent more than four months away from their Milan, Tenn., home to be by their daughter’s side.

Jonah Davis, from Chattanooga, Tenn., was born missing a vital chamber in his heart, causing life-threatening respiratory issues. He has received two new hearts, one at 5 years old and his second in 2017 at age 15. Jonah and his family have called the Nashville Ronald McDonald House their “home-away-from-home” for more than 300 nights since 2001.

Kaleb Bush and his mom, Felicia, are staying at the Nashville Ronald McDonald House during his recovery from a March 2018 surgery to remove a rare brain tumor. Kaleb, age 10, from Hopkinsville, completed his chemo treatments and will stay at the House through 24 rounds of radiation.

Raygan Rynes from Mayfield, underwent a liver transplant in summer 2017. She stayed at the Nashville Ronald McDonald House for a month with her parents, Amy and Justin, during her recovery and returns to Nashville regularly for treatments and testing.

Noah Bass’ life will be honored by his parents, Brittney and Zachary, and two-year-old brother, Eli, of Carthage, Tenn. Noah was born prematurely at 23 weeks on April 1, 2014. Brittney and Zachary called the Nashville Ronald McDonald House their “home-away-from-home” until Noah passed away on May 1, 2014.

The 2018 Calls for Kids Telecast sponsors are: Dell Nashville; Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt; Alpha Delta Pi Nashville Alumnae; Jeffco Flooring & Supply; and Hunt Brothers Pizza.

From Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville

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