Kids Helping Kids2.13.17
What does it take to get over 500 soccer players and their parents to an event early on a Sunday morning when the temperature started out at 45 degrees?
Apparently it takes Frances Contreras, Administrator for the Tanque Verde Soccer Club and RMHC volunteer extraordinaire, who recruited all those players to the Ronald McDonald House Walk for Kids on December 3.
Last year Frances was new to the Tanque Verde Soccer Club but not new to the Ronald McDonald House. Her sister’s family used the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix years ago. Her son (Frances’ nephew) had cerebral palsy and was treated for seizures at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The whole family (6 other children) stayed at the Phoenix House off and on for several months.
“The House gave my sister time with her son and her family,” Frances said. “It’s the most gracious gift anyone could ever give a mom.”
Although she doesn’t share her story all the time, Frances shared it with the TV Soccer Club parents so they could understand her passion for this House. And it worked. Last year we had over 168 soccer players enjoying the day, helping us raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. This year, we had over 500 and word is, they are coming back next year.
“They loved the event. I heard such great feedback about the Walk from kids and families. We all want the same for our kids. Not to just learn a sport but to learn how to give back to the community. “
Supporting the Ronald McDonald House is a family affair for the Contreras family. Her daughters (ages 13 and 16) attended the Walk, along with her eight-year-old son and her husband. Earlier this year her oldest daughter received money for her Sweet Sixteen birthday and donated it to the Ronald McDonald House. Thanks to Frances and her family and all the members of the Tanque Verde Soccer Club for the incredible enthusiasm and overwhelming support!