Ronald McDonald House for adults in the works

Published: Apr. 11, 2019 at 5:06 PM EDT
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A local woman is working to help families facing a medical crisis.

She wants to open an affordable home for families to stay when loved ones are in the hospital.

Merrianne Cox lost her husband to cancer over a year ago. It was an extremely difficult time for her when he was sick, but one thing got her through it.

"Just the peace of mind of being able to finish up a day of testing or treatment and know that you had a place to go, where there were people that cared, there was a place that was comfortable, if you needed to talk, there were people that understood exactly what you were going through," Cox said.

The SECU House in Winston Salem made this possible for Cox and her husband as he was treated at a nearby hospital. Cox says it offers more than just affordable housing--It also gives them a community. Cox met four women at the home who also had sick husbands.

"That just bonded, and we still have a wonderful friendship. Unfortunately, all but one has lost their spouse, but through it all, it made the whole experience so much nicer, to have somebody that knew what you were going through," she said.

Now, her daughter, Terrianne Julian, wants to start a similar home in Roanoke--like a Ronald McDonald House for adults.

The Ronald McDonald House says they get one to three calls a day from adults, saying they need lodging for them or their families. Julian believes this shows the need for a house like this in our area.

"The emotional support is really something that patients need. They're going through enough medically, they don't need to be worrying about where they're family is staying or where they're going to stay when they're getting their outpatient treatment," Julian said.

Julian has been meeting with community leaders and local hospitals like Carilion to establish the home. She hopes to soon find a main donor and a location.

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