A full house for this birthday party.
Find out what reporter Arielle Johnson is doing at Ronald McDonald's House.
This house provides a way for families to stay together when they need each other the most.
Cris and Anastasia Hlucny's daughter was born 3 months early. She's been in the hospital & staying at the Ronald McDonald house for 76 days.
They are excited to be bringing their baby girl home tomorrow.
(Cris & Anastasia Hlucny/ Ronald McDonald Guest)"it's been a god send its been a nice place to have a kitchen to have a bed, a place to lay down on the couch to be as normal as you can"The Hlucny family is one of thousands of families the Ronald McDonald House has hosted in BismarckIt's celebrating its 20th birthday today. Executive Director Kathy Keiser, knows first hand what an important service the Ronald McDonald House provides.
(Kathy Keiser/Ronald McDonald House)"my youngest daughter had to have a brain tumor removed, thank god it turned out to be B9 and she's 28 and completely healthy. Sometimes you wonder why God puts you where he does and we sort of found that out, my own personal family many years later, it's a great service, great operation to be able to help families in need."
(Arielle Johnson/Reporter) The Ronald McDonald House is known for being a home away from home, and gives these families a sense of normalcy especially for those who keep coming back.
(Melissa Akin/Ronald McDonald Guest)"Kathryn was diagnosed with leukemia 11 months ago the Ronald McDonald house has been a wonderful place for us cause it feels like home, and is a safe place, when all your world is chaos the Ronald McDonald house makes you feel like something is stable in your life."
Melissa say's Kathryn is getting better-- but she has spent up to 2 months at a time here. Being from Halliday it's a long way from home. But having the opportunity to stay here makes life a lot easier for all of them.
(Kathryn Akin) "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"
Bismarck. KXNews. I'm Arielle Johnson.
The Ronald McDonald House hosts 200 families each year from North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.
It has hosted 3 thousand 7 hundred 25 families since opening 20 years ago.