Hawaii's Ronald McDonald House Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Charlene Mersburgh
Charlene Mersburgh

MANOA (KHNL) - One house in Manoa reached a significant milestone today. The house has helped families through some very difficult times.

Families that stayed at the Ronald McDonald house were on hand to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, including Ed Pickop and his 19-year-old daughter Nalinee who was one month old when she first arrived at the house.

"Time has flown, it seems like we were here not yesterday, but we come back and visit every year or so, and see how the house is doing," Said former resident Ed Pickop.

For some families it was a home away from home.

"We were very fortunate to have such a lovely place to stay at while we went through one of the most difficult things a family can go through, a child having cancer," said former resident Charlene Mersburgh.

The house also helped bring families closer together, and allowed them to bond with other families going through similar situations.

"There was another older girl Meredith, who went through a preparation to get ready for a stem cell transplant, and we knew Ruthie would be having a stem cell transplant, so we knew what we were coming up against, and we were so thankful," said Charlene Mersburgh.

Since it's opening in 1987, the home has provided approximately 20-thousand people with a total of 87-thousand nights of lodging.