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BEATS February 2014

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From The Happy Anniversary

New to Heart Beats this year, we want to recognize those volunteers who are celebrating milestones with the organization. Each month, we will recognize those volunteers who have served with RMHC for one year, five years, ten years and every five years thereafter. Without you, our Houses and Tooth Truck would not be possible. Thank you for your continued service to our patients and families!

1 Year

Sue Sloan- House near Cox South Marc Propst- House at Mercy Children’s Hospital Correction to last month’s anniversary list: The following volunteers were inadvertently left off the 1 Year Anniversary list. Our sincere apologies. Karla Reed- House at Mercy Children’s Hospital Chuck Guy- House at Mercy Children’s Hospital Sarah Gutzke - House at Mercy Children’s Hospital Rosemary Jiang- House at Mercy Children’s Hospital Pooja Patel- House at Mercy Children’s Hospital

Lori Aduddell Merideth Aduddell Miles Aduddell Scott Aduddell Karis Agnew Lauryn Allison Ashley Ambrose Hannah Anderson Johnny Anderson Abby Baudendistel Oana Bozek Martha Brooks Ashton Canfield Dave Canfield Phillip Canfield Vivian Carissimo Evelyn Close Heather Cottle-Dillon Kathy Dennis Audrey Dlabach Jan Dooly Judy Duncan

Bill Duplisse Nancy Duplisse Becky Gillham Sharon Gillham Shawn Gott Amy Grubaugh Darren Harrelson Laura Harrelson Mackenzie Harrelson Cindy Harris Kathy Jenkins Paula Johns Clayton Keller Crosby Keller Betty Kniep Marion Kraemer Zachary Kram Caroline Langley Betty Laytham Gene Laytham Kayla Love Sandra McNeive

House At Mercy Children’s Hospital Dana Ausburn Kayley Barnes Michael Bohnert Angela Dearing Pfifer Duerkop Sandy Emberton Laurie Feick Debby Freiman Terry Greer Ann Griesemer Sarah Gutzke Chuck Guy

Michaela Harris Brenda Havens Kim Haynes Carri Hummer Jessi Hummer Karis Jaramillo Rosemary Jiang MaKenzie Judy Mackenzie Kurth Angel Le Barbara McBride Larry McBride

Eileen Meinsen Larry Meinsen Ashley Miller Sandy Morris Nathan Nelson Christian Nguyen Dani Peterson Kay Prost Kathy Purvis Cliff Ricketts Jan Ricketts Catherine Rucker George Schlick Rachel Schmeling Joan Schroeder Anne Schubert Marli Sims Sue Sloan Debbie Slocum Randy Slocum T.J. Slocum Mary Smith

Ashleigh Spalding Kara Speights Kim Stagner Brianna Steiert Brandon Taylor Karen Taylor Kelsey Taylor Kristina Taylor Rich Taylor Becky Tilton Katie Tohill Sondra Uzzell Tristen Uzzell DeeLee Webster Abigail Weitzel Joanna Weitzel Scott Weitzel Sara Westbrooks Danielle Wolford Amy Wood Marsha Wood

Jordan McMunn Rebekah Mitts Megan Mize Jared Nave Pooja Patel Marc Propst Karla Reed Lauren Routh Chandler Saner Amanda Schudy Jacob Smith Mikaela Smith

Paul Spiker Amy Sullinger Serenity Sullinger Amy Sutton Tammy Taylor Ashley Toten David Vong Debbie Williams Megan Wilson

Welcome, New Volunteers To Houses Kathy Purvis

RMHC Staff Heart Beats is published monthly for volunteers of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Ozarks and The Tooth Truck, Inc. Editor: Staci Holland The following trademarks used herein are owned by McDonald’s Corporation and its affiliates: McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ronald McDonald House Charities logo, Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald House logo, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, RMHC. The Tooth Truck name and logo are owned by The Tooth Truck, Inc.

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President & CEO Bonnie Keller House Program Director Staci Holland Tooth Truck Program Director Mindy Muñoz Director of Events Chris Louzader Project Manager Amber Price Assistant to the President Debbie Kinser Development Assistant Kim Booth Communications Assistant Karen Doman

Ronald McDonald House near Cox South House Manager Megan Schussler Associate House Manager Brent Stock Assistant House Managers Jacinda Canfield Adrianne Forster Brittany Gamble Angela Hammond Morgan Jensen Sheridan Thurman Randi Villines

Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital House Manager Alexis Rainwater Associate House Manager Brian Powers Assistant House Managers Amber Campbell Amy Crawford Hannah Major Jill Stout Danielle Walcher

Ronald McDonald House Near cox south

Family Dinner Spotlight

Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano When did you start providing meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House? We started serving meals last summer.

an employee of the Ronald McDonald House. (Tom Forster is Adrianne Forster’s father. Adrianne currently serves as an Assistant Manager for the House near Cox South.)

that we are providing a quality meal to families who are currently experiencing a difficult time in their lives. We appreciate the love and support that the Ronald McDonald House provides to so many families during their need for medical attention and services.

How did you get involved with the Family Dinner Program? We heard about the Family Dinner Program through

What is your favorite thing about participating in the Family Dinner Program? Our favorite part is knowing Ronald McDonald House Near cox south

Volunteer Spotlight Katie Tohill has been

volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House near Cox South since September 2013. Her passion for working with families and children is what drew her to the Ronald McDonald House. You can always count on Katie to bring in a smile and plenty of laughter every Friday morning. Her favorite memory of the Ronald McDonald House was sliding down the slide in the back yard with her partner in crime,

Danielle Wolford. This fall, Katie is moving to Kentucky to attend Murray State and continue her degree in child life specialties. She hopes to one day work for a non-profit organization like the Ronald McDonald House that helps families and children in need. When she’s not volunteering at the House, Katie enjoys going to movies, scrapbooking and baking desserts. All of our staff and families appreciate Katie’s dedication and service to the

February Birthdays February 3 Rich Taylor February 4 Mackenzie Swan February 5 Philip Canfield February 10 Caroline Langley February 11 Scott Weitzel February 14 Karen Taylor February 19 Ann Griesemer Tammy Taylor February 22 Debby Freiman February 23 Evelyn Close February 24 Karla Reed February 27 Hannah Anderson February 28 Martha Brooks Kathy Purvis

House. Thanks for all you do, Katie!

January Dinner Groups Ronald McDonald House near Cox South January Meal Groups Aubree Good & Family Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints The Clotfelter Family and Little Caesar’s Crighton, Olive, & Dunn Surgical Group The Dinner Club Evergreen Baptist Church First Christian Churh of Ash Grove Florentina’s Ristorante Italiano The Girlfriends

Glendale Christian Church Hillcrest Presbyterian Church Home Depot Hulston Cancer Center Just friends Knights of Columbus Knights Templar The Moore/Holm Family Jud Poppen & Friends Sandy McNeive

Ash Grove United Methodist-Presbyterian Church The Clotfelter Family and Little Caesar’s The Cramer Family Mychelle Eckels FedEx Hanley Community Group Marshfield Key Club Mercy Corporate Health and Wellness

Mercy Imaging Mercy Marian Center Mercy PSSR The Merritt & Agee Families Louise Morgan New Life Church Small Group Lori Poindexter Springfield Catholic Schools Turning Point Church

Second Baptist Church The Sorrell Family Union Hill Church of Christ Walmart of Nixa Joanna Weitzel February Open Dinner Dates: All dates are filled! Thank you so much!

Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital United Health Care Union Hill Church of Christ Joanna Weitzel (6 dinners) Wellington Hills Friends February Open Dinner Dates: 1, 5, 6, 7, 14, & 25

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Fun RMHC Facts Did you know??? There are 329 Ronald McDonald Houses in 33 countries and regions around the world (175 in US).

Around the House

There are 192 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in 23 countries and regions around the world (106 in US). There are 50 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles operating in 9 countries and regions.

Wish List House at Mercy Children’s Hospital HE Laundry detergent Swiffer liquid Coffee filters Coffee & tea Magic Erasers Labels for food Drink mixes Hygiene products Gallon-size Ziploc bags Laundry baskets

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8-gallon trash bags Laundry baskets Individually wrapped breakfast items White king sheets (fitted and flat) White standard-size pillowcases White bath & hand towels White wash cloths Detergent Stamps 8 1/2 x 11 Paper

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Three weeks after the House at Mercy Children’s Hospital opened in 2012, Levi and Stephanie Forbes were welcomed as Houseguests. Levi and Stephanie stayed at the House from December 19th through December 28th while their son Wyatt Forbes was receiving treatment as a patient in Mercy Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Shortly after Wyatt was born they learned that he suffered from Ohtahara Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder affecting newborns in the form of epileptic seizures. Most commonly caused by metabolic disorders or structural damage in the brain, reasons from the disorder are unknown; Wyatt was one of only 200 cases worldwide. Unfortunately, due to his rare condition Wyatt passed away on October 20, 2013 at the age of 10 months. Wyatt would have celebrated his first birthday on December 17, 2013. Levi and Stephanie wanted to celebrate Wyatt’s

life by throwing a birthday party in his memory with gifts and donations for the Ronald McDonald House! During Wyatt’s celebration of life, hundreds of luminaries were released into the night sky in his memory. Following the celebration event, Levi and Stephanie stopped by the Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Children’s Hospital to present the numerous donations that were made in Wyatt’s memory. Their donation is pictured above and included baby formula, diapers of all sizes, baby bottles and clothes, receiving blankets and various children’s toys. In addition to this wonderful donation, they also presented cash and gift cards totaling $964! From the Forbes family, “God blessed our family with a precious beautiful boy last December 17th and for that, we will be forever grateful. Wyatt Denver Forbes was an amazing, strong baby boy.

Through him we have learned that there is nothing more important than to live each day reflecting on the blessings God has given. Live each day as if it were your last. Never pass an opportunity to tell someone you love them. Enjoy the life you have no matter the circumstances. Keep your focus on heavenly treasures versus earthly ones. No matter how small or insignificant you may think you are, please remember, you can still make the world a better place.” The Forbes family hopes to continue this tradition every year in honor of Wyatt. They were also excited to announce they are expecting their second child in July 2014! From Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks, we would like to personally thank the Forbes family and friends that made this wonderful donation possible!

Staff Stuff Congratulations to Assistant Manager, Brittany Gamble, on her recent engagement!

This Valentine’s Day we wish you and yours a day filled with joys and blessings! Our volunteers truly are our friends and family!

4th Quarter awards

Congratulations to all our volunteers who have achieved the next award level for the Ronald McDonald House. Be sure to see the manager on duty if you were not present to receive your award at the 14th Annual Snowflake Social. 25 Hour Kayley Barnes Angela Dearing MaKenzie Judy Mikaela Smith Tammy Taylor

100 Hour Angel Le Barbara McBride Megan Mize Pooja Patel Amanda Schudy

50 Hour Karla Reed Amanda Schudy David Vong

The Cake Of Friendship© By: Michelle Flores Preheat the oven of love With plenty of secrets and hugs Mix in giggles and laughs That make your sides split in half Bake with the love and care And all the things you both should share Decorate with the frosting of trust This is really a must Enjoy the cake do not eat it fast Just like your new friendship make it last.

Mrs. C’s Recipes Glazed Carrots (4 Servings) 4 carrots, sliced and steamed (or substitute baby carrots) 4 tablespoons of reduced calorie margarine 2 tablespoons of honey 1/8 tablespoon of cinnamon

Enjoy wonderful recipes provided by Mrs. Vivian Carissimo, also known as Mrs. C.

1/8 teaspoon salt In a medium nonstick saucepan, melt margarine. Add onion and cook, stirring as needed until softened, 2-3 minutes. Add lemon juice, honey, cinnamon, and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until heated and well mixed. Add steamed carrots, toss to coat.

FIT TIP OF THE MONTH Switching up your workout routine can make exercise more effective, habit-forming and fun. If you do the same workout every day, your body adjusts to it, which means your body doesn’t need to use as much muscle resulting in burning less calories. Switching up the pace or doing different activities will keep you engaged and not so bored, so mix it up!

House near Cox South stats December 2013 Families Served........ 51 Nights....................210 Families from Missouri..................38 Families from Other States.............13 2013 Total Families Served................... 360 Program-to-Date Families Served.... 8,510

House at Mercy Children’s Hospital stats

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Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks

December 2013 Families Served........53 Nights................... 292 Families from Missouri.................. 51 Families from Other States...............2 2013 Total Families Served................... 412 Program-to-Date Families Served...... 453

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Heart of the Truck

Tooth Talk

Megan Blake Chelsea Carroll Juliette Dennis Sarah Hansen Brenda Havens Linda Heslin Taylor Klingenberg Kayla Maples Connie McCarter McKenzie Swan Clayton Schwinke Kelly Walters Gina Wyland

3 Years of Smiles We are so fortunate to have Dr. Sarah Cimino as the General Dentist on board the Tooth Truck. Here she shares her reflections as she celebrates another anniversary with us! By: Dr. Sarah Cimino Time sure flies when you’re having fun! This is certainly true when it pertains to my time treating patients on the Tooth Truck. I feel like just yesterday I was reflecting in a Heart Beats article on the culmination of my first year aboard the Truck and now here we are with my third year drawing to a close. As I look back on the article I wrote in February of 2012, I had the following observations and reflections on my experiences up to that point and now after three full years:

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- I still hold my Commercial Drivers License and can be found driving the Truck through the streets of Springfield on a weekly basis. I

have now become accustomed to the waves and honks from other truckers and bus drivers, especially when it’s our wonderful House volunteer, Larry Meinsen, out on his bus route (haha!).

- I have honed my child dental terminology to the point that I have to think twice before talking to another dental professional or dental repairmen so that I use the “proper” term. Our wonderful serviceman has had to ask me more than once to clarify which hand piece I was referring to when I mentioned “Mr. Bumpy” and the “whistling shovel”. - I am still in shock each time I see a child with more decayed teeth than healthy. The only silver lining to these situations is knowing that they have found the Tooth Truck where we can return their mouth to a cavity free state and instill in them the tools to prevent future decay.

- Thanks to the Tooth Truck’s Patient Needs Fund (made possible by the community’s pop tab donations), I have found myself in several shoe stores picking out the perfect new pair of kicks for a deserving young patient. I’ve gone out to get shoes for kids whose shoes were too small, full of holes, or who didn’t have any athletic shoes to wear for PE class. I never tire of pressing my face to the window of the Tooth Truck and watching as they jump, skip and run into school with their new shoes. - I have come to realize that movies, TV shows and superheroes come and go with the wind and I should give up trying to sound “cool” by acting like I know what is popular! I have, though, surprised many a patient when I correctly identified the character on his/ her backpack or t-shirt - earning back a few “cool” points. - I still have a minor feeling of

panic every time I have to go into a middle school and get caught in the halls when classes are changing. Those years can be rough for even the most confident of teenagers. It makes the Tooth Truck’s mission of boosting the self-esteem of all of our patients all the more relevant when you experience how quickly this age group can turn on someone they don’t deem “cool enough” - a very sad reality that I’ve come to face and embrace the challenge of addressing in our patients. - I haven’t had any other patients since my first year show up to an appointment in a Halloween costume in the middle of the summer but we have worked on many a patient celebrating a spirit day at their school - everything from crazy socks and hair to team sports, pajama day and mix-matched clothes. The most entertaining has been to treat patients in the middle of the school’s field day at the end of the school year - we’ve actually had to

have kids dry off before they could come on the Truck after a spirited water balloon fight, and struggled to not rub off a child’s face painting masterpiece during the course of treatment! - Sadly, I am no longer surprised when a child informs me that they don’t have a toothbrush, toothpaste or floss at home. I also no longer assume that a child knows how to floss as this seems to be a skill that most people think is unnecessary for children to learn, and most parents don’t buy their children floss. Since a large portion of the cavities we treat start in between the teeth from a lack of flossing, this is something that we highlight with each patient. We have also incorporated proper brushing and flossing technique instructions into our new mirror clings that each child is given to put on their bathroom mirror at home. - I still never tire of the drawings and notes that our little patients make for us in

appreciation. The walls of the Truck are overflowing with heartfelt messages of thanks and pictures of their smiling faces. These serve as a daily reminder for myself and the staff of why we come to work every day. As I embark on my fourth year with the Tooth Truck, I expect to have another year of being surprised and amazed by the funny, poignant and touching stories that each patient has to share - some that will make me laugh and some that will bring tears to my eyes - but all that will make me thankful to be allowed to do what I do. Photo Caption: Dr. Sarah and the entire staff have helped shape some amazing smiles on the Tooth Truck over the past year. Our little patients brighten our day as we work with them on improving their oral health and renewing their self-confidence.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile of the Ozarks December 2013 Children Treated.....112 Dental Appointments Provided............... 221 Year-to-Date Dental Appointments..... 3,227 Program-to-Date Dental Appointments.... 38,989 Program-to-Date Value of Treatments..... $9,064,091

Children Who Received Treatment: Boys & Girls Town Bissett Elementary Fremont Elementary Mark Twain Elementary

Tooth Truck Wish List Children’s DVDs Super Hero Themed Toys Toy Cars McDonald’s Toys

Small Stuffed Animals Small Footballs, Baseballs, etc. Coloring Books Hair Accessories


Program Director Mindy Muñoz General Dentist Dr. Sarah Cimino Temporary Dentists Dr. Bill Brell Pediatric Dentist Dr. Aaron Dannegger Dr. Randi Green

Join us in welcoming our new Office Manager to the Tooth Truck! We are thrilled to have Emma Ferris on board the Tooth Truck in the role of Office Manager. Emma is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in psychology. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in April 2013 and most recently served as a substance abuse counselor at a local counseling agency.

Emma is an active member of Alpha Delta Pi and, through her affiliation, enjoyed volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House in Phoenix, AZ. She has a passion for working with children and their families and is excited to have the opportunity to help people in the community. In her free time, Emma loves trying new places to eat,

President & CEO Bonnie Keller Office Manager Emma Ferris Dental Assistants Megan Lambert Kim Otradovec

playing with her three dogs, and doing hot yoga. Emma and her fiancé, Chad, will be married in February 2014. Welcome to the team, Emma!

Part-Time Dental Assistant Whitney Bingle Kristi Terry

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RMHC® Volunteers ROCK! We all know that our RMHC volunteers are PRICELESS, but other’s would say there is an actual value to all those service hours. In fact, according to the Independent Sector, a coalition of charities, foundations, corporations, and individuals that publishes research important to the nonprofit sector, reports the value of volunteer time is $22.14/hour, which means that our volunteers provided $258,440 in volunteer service in 2013! 9,025 hours of service were provided by VOLUNTEERS at BOTH Ronald McDonald Houses in 2013, 590 hours of service were provided by Tooth Truck volunteers…. and 2,058 hours of service were provided by volunteers for RMHC EVENTS. Thank you for your continued commitment to the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities ® of the Ozarks!

Join us for a

Volunteer Meeting at the

House near Cox South We would like to invite all volunteers from the House near Cox South to join us for one of our upcoming volunteer meetings. We will be discussing recent changes to several items related to laundry procedures, room restocking procedures and general House Operations. This is also a great opportunity for you to share your ideas and suggestions with our House staff. Please be sure to sign up in the office or let the manager on duty know which meeting you would like to attend. If you are not able to attend one of the meetings below, be sure to follow up with the manager on your shift so you can be fully informed. We will have drinks and refreshments available.

March 10th @ 10am March 12th @ 4pm March 18th @ 7pm

Heart Beats Newsletter, Feb 14  
Heart Beats Newsletter, Feb 14  

A monthly newsletter for volunteers of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks and The Tooth Truck, Inc.