When we launched the OurRebekah website we put Google Analytics tracking into each and every page.

Amazingly we have had visitors from 144 different towns and cities in 21 different countries of he world check us out.

The USA, behind the UK, is our second largest visitor.  Looking at where these friends come from Google Analytics list towns where every one has a Ronald McDonald House. Why these people visit our website and come back on a regular basis can only be guessed at. It would be nice if hey were looking at what we are doing and pinching ideas but who knows.

One town which is not on Google's list is Nashville, Tennessee, sometimes called The Music City. So why is Ronald McDonald House Nashville Tennessee here within OurRebekah ?

Click any of the pictures on this page and listen to the music. Do you recognise it ?  It's The Tennessee Waltz. David dropped a random CD into the car player and this was the first track.

When he got home he wondered if there were Ronald McDonald Houses in the American state of Tennessee. A quick Internet search revealed there are three. Purely out of curiosity David decided to check them out. He loves music so Music City was his first place to check, he then intended to look at houses in Noxville and Johnson City but he got no further than Nashville, the state city of Tennessee.

Click the map below and visit Ronald McDonald House in Nashville Tennessee.

Isn't that a great website ?

Clean, easy to navigate, packed with information - the information people want and need to know and NOT constantly in your face begging for donations.

There is a lot to be learned from that website.

Check this picture out. Look at the fireplace, look what is hanging above it.

THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT, almost the wording that Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham England uses.

If you spend some time in the website you will see that love not only built the house but RUNS it.

When it asks for volunteers it explains many different ways people can give their time at the house. You can cook meals for families. There is something for everyone to do, something for everyone to take love into the house.

David now has an ambition to one day go to Nashville and cook a BRITISH meal for families. Perhaps Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding. Perhaps Bangers and Mash.

For now David has a much more simple and easy way for OurRebekah to support, remember support does not have to mean money, this lovely house. But first let's find out a bit more about Ronald McDonald House in Nashville Tennessee.

In 1973, Philadelphia Eagles football player, Fred Hill, and his wife, Fran, learned that their daughter, Kim, had leukemia. While traveling into Philadelphia for treatment at the Children’s Hospital, they met other families with sick children in the same situation. These families drove hours to the hospital to be with their children, only to sleep overnight in waiting room chairs and to eat from vending machines because they had nowhere else to go.

After discussing the need for a place to stay for families, their daughter’s doctor, Dr. Audrey Evans, head of the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, shared her dream of a comfortable temporary residence for families of children being treated at her hospital.

Fred rallied the support of his Eagles teammates to raise funds. Through Jim Murray, the Eagles’ general manager, the team offered its support. Murray enlisted Don Tuckerman from the local McDonald’s advertising agency who, with the support of McDonald’s Regional Manager Ed Rensi, launched the St. Patrick’s Day Green Milkshake (now known as the Shamrock Shake) promotion. Funds raised went toward purchasing an old house located near the hospital.

And thus, the first Ronald McDonald House came to be in Philadelphia in 1974 – a “home away from home” for families of ill children. By 1979, 10 more Houses opened. By 1984, local communities founded 60 more Houses; then 53 more opened by 1989. Today, more than 326 Ronald McDonald House programs in 30 countries support families around the world – providing comfort to more than 10 million families since 1974.

The idea of a Ronald McDonald House in Nashville came from Dr. John Lukens, the head of the pediatric oncology department at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital after he visited the second Ronald McDonald House, which was built in Chicago. The dedicated group who spearheaded the effort to have a House in Nashville consisted of medical professionals, members of the McDonald’s restaurant family, community leaders and families who had experienced first hand the illness of a child.

The original 16-bedroom Ronald McDonald House in Nashville opened in July of 1991 with seed money from the local McDonald’s owner/operators and donations from corporations, organizations, individuals and foundations. The Ronald McDonald House in Nashville was the 142nd house completed.

In 1999 the Nashville Ronald McDonald House doubled in size to provide more room to support more families who were caring for their sick children. The expanded Ronald McDonald House is equipped with 32 bedrooms all with private baths (three for the disabled), a laundry room, pantry, 2 kitchens, and dining rooms. The House offers families a place to come together at the end of a long day at the hospital to receive support and encouragement from other families in similar situations. Of those 32 bedrooms, three are extended stay suites with kitchenettes for children who require isolation (i.e., following bone barrow or heart transplants). Also included is one short stay room for families who need a place to get away from the hospital during the day, but will return home at night. The Nashville Ronald McDonald House also has a large family room, teen/game room, children’s playroom and a library.

In February 2004, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville officially opened Nashville’s first Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This room is an extension of the Ronald McDonald House where families and friends of seriously ill children can enjoy a quiet respite from corridors and waiting rooms, whether or not they’re staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room includes a comfortable seating area, a kitchen stocked with snacks, a children’s play area, a half bath and the support of caring staff and volunteers. The Ronald McDonald Family Room has served more than 300,000 individuals since its opening and averages 2,100 visitors per month.

Since the Nashville Ronald McDonald House first opened its doors in 1991, more than 14,400 families from over the U.S. and several foreign countries have benefited from the services and hospitality provided by the volunteers and staff of our Ronald McDonald House.

Nashville Tennessee is a long way from England but there are things we can do.

On every single OurRebekah website page there is a picture of Beck in her hospital bed. Behind her you can see cards and little messages stuck on the wall. If the camera could pull back you would see they stretch all the way to the ceiling.

OurRebekah is all about having fun, doing some amazing, crazy and often silly things. It is all about smiling and helping others to smile. As we do this we will support Ronald McDonald House Charities as it puts a loving arm around families with sick children in hospital, people who are going through some very hard times.

Spend a few moments with us here, check out our different events then come and have lots and lots of fun with us.

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Believe it or not Christmas IS coming so time to plan this project

These cards were sent to Beck from students in Sutter Junior High School in Sacramento California. IMMEDIATELY we can add Ronald McDonald House Nashville to to our sign a card project. Each time we go to Sheffield Wednesday we will buy a match-day programme to send to a football fan in the house. Yes, our friends in Nashville the word is FOOTBALL not soccer.

Then perhaps, one day, we may get to cook those British meals for families and who knows we may even get to dance The Tennessee Waltz.

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