Great Big Shoes for a Great Big Cause

The Ronald McDonald House of Charleston (pictured above) has been giving seriously ill children and their families a home away from home in the Lowcountry for 30 years.

The Ronald McDonald House of Charleston (pictured above) has been giving seriously ill children and their families a home away from home in the Lowcountry for 30 years.

For anyone who has driven Interstate 26 or 526 through Charleston of late they may have seen photos of musician Darius Rucker, meteorologist Bill Walsh, mayor Joe Riley and New York Yankees standout Brett Gardner wearing oversized shoes with the website www.wearredshoes.com beneath their likeness.

Citadel coaches are excited to give back, and with your help, can join Brett Gardner as one of the many local Charleston celebrities who can be seen on the billboards wearing the big red shoes.

Citadel coaches are excited to give back, and with your help, can join Brett Gardner as one of the many local Charleston celebrities who can be seen on the billboards wearing the big red shoes.

In case you haven’t visited the link yet, it highlights the 30th anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston. The efforts of the Ronald McDonald House are focused on giving seriously ill children and their families an opportunity to have a home away from home. It has expanded to 27 bedrooms, after including just 12 at its inception, and is open around the clock, all year long.

In 1994, the older brother of Citadel Multimedia Specialist Melissa Egan was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of eight while her family was living in South Florida.  To get the best treatment available, they traveled to Gainesville for treatment at Shands Children’s Hospital. Fortunately, while her brother was receiving his treatments and her dad traveled for work, the Ronald McDonald House was available for them to stay at.

The Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville (pictured above) is one of the many around the country that have provided comfort and care to children and their families.

The Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville (pictured above) is one of the many around the country that have provided comfort and care to children and their families.

Not only did the Ronald McDonald House offer a place to call home after the long hours at Shands, but there were many activities for siblings, snacks and even home-cooked meals.  The Ronald McDonald House helped her parents and many other families make a very hard time a little easier.The Charleston Ronald McDonald House is giving everyone an opportunity to put their likeness on a billboard for one month as part of a photo contest which can include family, friends and co-workers wearing red shoes. Therefore, we thought that it would be a great idea to get Spike, Fred Jordan, Kevin Higgins and Chuck Driesell in these shoes to help show The Citadel’s effort in a very worthy cause.

Between now and August 1st we will submit a photo of the four individuals. If they are selected by the contest committee, then we will look to all of you to submit the most ‘likes’ at the end of September.

– Jon Cole & Melissa Egan –

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