MINNEAPOLIS —Vikings kicker Blair Walsh recently continued his support of patients and care providers at Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest with a visit and personal donation.
Walsh donated $25,000 to help the charity that provides temporary housing for families and patients undergoing long-term care with frequent visits to hospitals.
"They've been through so much and stuff kids their age should not have to go through," Walsh said. "They have a great support system here and people who care about them generally as people, and it's awesome."
Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest serves nearly 4,000 families each year with houses on Oak Street near the University of Minnesota, a house inside Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and rooms at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul and Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul.
In addition to quantity, Walsh's visits have allowed him to see quality of care while he brings cheer to patients and families during chats and signs autographs.
"You have people who truly care about the welfare of these children and their families," Walsh said. "This is a place for them to stay and get away from the hospital scene and be a family during tough times. It's one of those charities that's so important in our society and in our community here."