Since 1989, over 4,300 families have walked through the door at the Tallahassee Ronald McDonald House. And Kathy Anderson has met just about every one of them.
Kathy witnesses the joys of recovery and the pain of death on a daily basis and still she comes back everyday, ready to help families in need.
Kathy Anderson is in business to make life easier for those going through a family tragedy. As the President and executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, it's up to Kathy to make sure that each family who walks through the door is given the opportunity to have some sense of normalcy in a time of uncertainty.
"It's a hard job, it's a happy, joyful job, but we have those days when you just wish you could wave your magic wand and make everything right."
On any given day, as many as seven or eight families with children stay at the Ronald McDonald House. Anderson has been running the show for the past 15 years and last month, the Tallahassee Ronald McDonald House celebrated its 20th anniversary. And it's bigger and better than ever, thanks to Kathy Anderson
"Staying at the Ronald McDonald House can be one of the most traumatic times in a families life, it can also be one of the most happiest times in their lives."
There are no t.v.'s in the bedrooms at RMH, that's because Kathy wants the families to bond and get to know one another, because illness is why they come here, but friendship and comfort is what she hopes they leave with.
"Illness doesn't pick and choose, just the wealthy or those in poverty."
"We want families to mix and mingle and to come out. Personally, i would hole up in the bedroom with a bar of chocolate, a coke, and t.v. and try to hide my problems. But we don't want them to do that."
The future of the house lies in the growth of pediatric health care in Tallahassee. The more rooms, hospitals, and doctors, the more RMH will succeed and expand. It's not a glamorous job. In fact, it's a very selfless job and a job perfect for someone with the kind hearted nature of Kathy Anderson.