BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)- Bangor residents battled on the lanes hoping to knock down pins and knock down bills for the Ronald McDonald House of Bangor. The annual Ronald McDonald Bowl-a-thon allows the community to give back to the special home that offers free housing to families whose children are undergoing medical treatment.
Darlene McLeod with the Ronald McDonald House said the non-profit wants to offer families a home away from home, "You are away from your home, your family, your friends, and your jobs. The Ronald McDonald House gives you a place, at no cost if that's what you need to do. Where you can be with other families going through similar struggles and spend the time focusing on your baby or your child."
The non-profit depends solely on fundraisers and donations to keep the house running and pay for the utilities. The home is open 24-hours a day and every day of the year.
Families who have children battling a disease and undergoing treatment can stay in one of the home's fourteen rooms. They can stay for a few nights or a few months depending on the child's treatment.
The Ronald McDonald House helps over five hundred families a year.