4 year old inspires 'Windows of Opportunity' at Ronald McDonald House

Published on Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Lilly Clark, 4, who underwent brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, is the inspiration behind

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Lilly Clark, 4, who underwent brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, is the inspiration behind "Windows of Opportunity". Mark Nichols, owner of Taylors Windows and Screen will replace windows at Greenville's Ronald McDonald House Saturday.

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Mark Nichols, owner of Taylors Windows and Screen, has come up with “Windows of Opportunity” to fulfill a need at the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville.

“We were actually brainstorming for ideas here locally to give back to our community when we received a call from the Ronald McDonald House. They wanted to purchase some windows to update their facility and we just had a close family friend that recently stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for almost two weeks while their child had brain surgery to remove a cancerous tumor and recover in NYC.   So, we decided to come up with some ‘Windows of Opportunity,’” Nichols said.

On Saturday at 9 a.m., Taylors Window and Screen employees will be donating their time and first ever “Windows of Opportunity” at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Carolinas, 706 Grove Road in Greenville.

Lilly Clark, 4, and family will be there to feed the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House and the Taylors Windows employees who will be volunteering their time.

The Ronald McDonald House of Greenville is a home away from home for families faced with a child's medical crisis. It can be a quiet place to be alone, or a place of companionship and sharing and emotional support.

“We believe that this will be a great way to get our employees involved, build morale and hopefully drive some awareness to what the Ronald McDonald House provides to families in need, not just locally but around the world,” Nichols said.

“The Clark Family has stated many times that they would not have been able to afford to stay in New York for two weeks to have their daughter’s cancer removed if it were not for the Ronald McDonald House.”

The partnership could not have come at a better time. The Ronald McDonald House sits at 90 percent capacity, with a growing hospital system and an excellent team of pediatric doctors the House must grow. “Our goal is to increase our ability to serve the tremendous needs of children and families. Our expansion is on the horizon,” said Marti Spencer, Executive Director RMHC.

After learning that the Ronald McDonald House would have to apply for grants to pay for any updates, Nichols said, “We felt not having to wait for grants and our ‘Windows of Opportunity’ would be a great way to bring in the spring for our local Ronald McDonald House.”

Taylors Windows will manufacture, install and provide a lifetime Warranty to Ronald McDonald House of the Carolinas in Greenville.


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