Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley has announced that their annual event Footsteps for Families Walk Over the Hudson is now officially open for registration. This year the event is taking place throughout the entire month of May and participants are encouraged to create a team and walk at the Walkway any weekend of their choice. The historic Walkway is the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge and is surrounded on both the Poughkeepsie and Highland sides by restaurants, shops, trails and welcomes strollers and leashed dogs.
Since Covid restrictions are preventing large groups from gathering on one day Ronald
McDonald House is hosting this event all month long and encouraging participants to raise funds
to help them reach their goal of $50,000. The funds raised will be used to support families who
are coping through their child’s medical crisis during this ongoing pandemic. Ronald McDonald
House provides a home away from home for families who are dealing with children needing
medical care that requires them to be far from their own homes.
The Malone family, of Poughkeepsie NY, has stayed at the Ronald McDonald House several
times through the years since their daughter Isabelle was born in 1998. Isabelle, who has battled
Ataxic Cerebral Palsy her entire life, has been named the official Grand Marshall for Footsteps
for Families this year. Isabelle, whose infectious laugh and perseverance through the most
overwhelming circumstances, will officially kick off the event at the end of April from the top of
the Walkway. Always known as the social butterfly at school, Isabelle loves books about
unicorns and is now at home with the care of a nurse during the day and her parents at night.
Isabelle lives with her two younger sisters and is surrounded by friends and family that she
makes smile at every turn with her warm spirit. Isabelle’s father, Aaron Malone sits on the
Footsteps for Families Committee and is actively involved in the community. “The Ronald
McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley was our home away from home when we needed
it the most. The hot meals and warm bed was a welcome comfort while it felt like our world was
falling down around us,” said Aaron. “We are thrilled that Isabelle is being honored as Grand
Marshall and we are looking forward to being a special part of this year’s event.”
Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley provides families with children facing
medical challenges an atmosphere of comfort, hope and courage, keeping them close to the care
and resources they need. The House has 12 bedrooms that are filled to capacity almost every
night and provides meals, laundry and respite services for families during their stay. In May, the
House will celebrate ten years of keeping families together and close to the medical care their
“While we still cannot gather in large groups, we’re not letting the pandemic stop us from raising
funds to support our families while walking over the beautiful Hudson River,” said Christina
Riley, Executive Director of RMHGHV. “Enjoy the amazing spring views from the Walkway
and help us make a difference in the lives of families with critically ill children from the Hudson
Valley and beyond.” To register a team or sponsor Footsteps for Families visit:
https://rmh-<br< a=""> />ghv.org/index.php/events/footsteps-for-families/ For more information about Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley visit www.rmh-ghv.org
Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley (RMHGHV) provides families with all the comforts of home and eases some of the emotional and financial burdens they experience when faced with When children must travel long distances to access top medical care, accommodations for families can be expensive or not readily available. Located on the campus of Westchester Medical Center the House is just steps away from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. Since opening in 2011, RMHGHV has saved more than 2,000 families over $5,000,000 in out-of-pocket lodging and meal costs. As partners in enabling family-centered care RMHGHV strives to be part of the solution in improving the lives of children and their families by providing programs that strengthen families during difficult times.