CHARLESTON, SC - Each year organizers of the Cooper River Bridge Run carefully select 15 charities, some well-known, others more obscure, that participants can raise money for or donate to. One of them is on the list for the first time in its 30-year history.
Across the Arthur Ravenel Bridge and down Meeting and King Streets, on Saturday thousands will walk or run for a Charleston tradition, the Cooper River Bridge run. And, some of them are lacing up for a good cause. Participants can choose from 15 charities, hand-picked by race organizers.
The Ronald McDonald House is one of the15 charities. It's the first time the well-known non-profit has been chosen.
"It's going to be a huge help with our name associated with the bridge run," says Rachel Hubbard, marketing coordinator for the charity. "Awareness is a big help for the house."
Year-round, the Ronald McDonald House is a second home for families whose child is undergoing medical treatment in the area. They receive no federal or state funding. Donations pay for most of the cost. Hubbard says the 27-bedroom home is full every night.
"The goal of the house is to make sure that our families have everything they need while their child is recovering. We provide them with a place to rest their head, with a place to come back and eat, with a place to shower, and a place within walking distance to their child."