Meet the Rodriguez Family

The main focus of the Ronald McDonald House is to keep families close to their sick 2017-2-27-3.jpgchildren. We were able to keep Valerie and Alan Rodriguez close to their children not once, but twice.

The first case was in 2014 when their son, AJ, was born with gastroschisis, a condition where the baby’s intestines protrude outside of the baby’s body. It’s very rare, but even rarer for it to happen to another sibling. The second time happened most recently when their daughter, Brylee was born.

AJ and Brylee both had to have multiple surgeries. There was more hope with Brylee, because they had been through it before with AJ and could stay at the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House again.

“Both times we’ve stayed at the Ronald McDonald House we were scared and thankful. We were uncertain about what would happen to our children. We were able to be right across the street just two minutes away instead of being an hour away,” Valerie said.

“It’s so nice to have the ability to stay together as a family. Otherwise, we would have to choose between our kids.”

After both children had multiple surgeries, they were able to leave the hospital and Ronald McDonald House.  You would not even know either child had complications.

“We were able to stay together as a family and that’s all that matters.”

The Rodriguez family stayed at the House for 21 nights and is doing great as a happy family of four.

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Our 25th Annual Autumn Children’s Festival Guide for Moms’ and Dads’…

…including minutes each activity will keep your child occupied and how much energy they’ll use.

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Days & times: Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Oct. 5, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Location: Tennessee Riverpark
4301 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Admission: Free!
Parking: Free!

Activities (not all are listed):
* There will be a plethora of activities for cute photo ops to enter your child into for the Photo Contest!

Pumpkin decorating
Minutes: 10 to 15.
Energy used: Not much. Although, better to decorate a pumpkin then your kitchen walls.

Face painting
Minutes: Depends. If he/she is more of a minimalist and only wants a balloon, 8 minutes. If your child is a Michelangelo at heart, it could be 15-20.
Energy used: More like energy gained. There’s nothing better than seeing a child’s face light up when they look in the mirror and see the creative art.

Petting zoo/pony rides
Minutes: 10 to 15 minute rounds.
Energy used: Moderate. Petting animals, feeding, and riding them will cause your child’s heart to melt.

Giant inflatables/bounce house
Minutes: As long as you please.
Energy used: They will most likely make your child fall asleep in the car ride home.

Sandbox
Minutes: 10 minute rounds.
Energy used: A good amount if your child is striving to be an archeologist.

Ronald McDonald Magic Show
Minutes: 30.
Energy used: Some. Ronald often gets little magicians from the audience to be his helper!

Carnival games
Minutes: This is up to you.
Energy used: Moderate. If their eye is on the prize, they’re really going to give it everything they have to win.

Mobile Rolling Video Game Theater
Minutes: 15
Energy used: Little.

Food:
Hungry Hollow Concessions
Jalapeño Corn Dog
Kona Ice
Local Slice
Monkey Town Donut Co.
Mtn.Top Kettle Corn
Rita’s Italian Ice
Tikiz Shaved Ice
Mayfield ice cream samples on Saturday and Sunday!

We’re so thrilled for you to enjoy the annual Autumn Children’s Festival (ACF) and celebrate 25 years of family fun!  We would like to thank our long-standing partnership with the Tennessee Society of CPA’s Chattanooga Chapter who volunteer their time to plan, underwrite, set up, and coordinate all the ACF activities.

The Festival wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of volunteers, gracious donors, sponsors, and all who come to participate in the fun!

Tennessee Society of CPA’s
Ross Glass & Aluminum
M&M Industries, Inc.
Village Volkswagen of Chattanooga 
Convergys 
Sunny 92.3
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee 
David & Barbara Carroll
Allstate (Homer Tittle) 
Coca-Cola
SunTrust
WTVC-News Channel 9 
McDonald’s