Brian Krupa is a marketing executive and a golf enthusiast, but most importantly he’s a father. His twin boys were born premature and spent nearly three months in intensive care at the Medical University of South Carolina. The Ronald McDonald House was crucial with helping his family during this challenging time.
So many charities generously focus on children. Unable to care for themselves and their needs, children need as much support as they can get. The Ronald McDonald House charities are devoted to helping children and families of children in need. No one knows this better than Brian Krupa. His newborn twins, Christian and Cross, were born three months premature and entered into the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NNICU) right after they were born. Their mother stayed at the Ronald McDonald House to be near the boys during their NNICU stay; which lasted a total of 78 days.
Though healthy now, the boys depended on their NNICU care, and they depended on the presence of their mother in the first few weeks of their life. The Ronald McDonald House made that possible. Their mission is to provide care for the well being of children everywhere. Now that his boys are healthy, Krupa gives back to the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ronald McDonald House. He has spoken at numerous events in the South Carolina chapter of Ronald McDonald house and donates to support their cause.
It’s been 38 years since the Ronald McDonald House opened to help children and their families. The first house opened in October 15, 1974 thanks to several doctors and staff members of the Eagles NFL team. The Eagles’ player Fred Hill was personally invested in the charity, which was inspired by his daughter Kim. She was suffering from leukemia. Only 12 years later, the 100th chapter of the Ronald McDonald house opened, including many international locations such as Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Chapters all across the country are participating in innovative and fun ways to get the community involved. The Pop Tab Program was started by the Ronald McDonald House in 1987 and involves collecting tabs from soda cans for recycling. They’ve raised millions for the charity under this successful program. Just today, the Little Rock branch in Arkansas kicked off this 26 year old program for the year.
In some wealthier areas of the country, homes are being raffled off and proceeds will be given to the Ronald McDonald house. Announced earlier this week in the Sacramento chapter, raffle winners will receive a choice between a 6,100 square foot home in Granite Bay or its equivalent in $4.1 million. Each raffle ticket is going for $150 and must be purchased through a private hotline.
Ronald McDonald House is a heavy hitting charity, but they still need help. Brian Krupa urges people to get involved with their local chapter and give back to their communities. Each time he looks as his twin sons he’s reminded of all the Ronald McDonald House did for them.
Brian Krupa is a sales executive at Marriot Vacations Worldwide. He donates his time and money to Ronald McDonald house and other charities. He also uses his professional public speaking skills to spread the word about helping kids in need.