Ronald McDonald House
Wanda Caldwell and Larry Thurman
Let’s shine the spotlight on two extraordinary volunteers, Wanda Caldwell and Larry Thurman. Wanda and Larry live in Puna on the Big Island and actually fly between the islands just to be able to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Kapiolani Hospital. On their trips, they have also managed to attend volunteer meetings, and even assist in special events.
The retired couple has been partnering as a duo and doing shifts at the RMH Family Room for over a year now, and Wanda says that neighbor island families they meet there are surprised to hear that she and Larry fly in from the Big Island. “You can see the sense of comfort and ease the families feel knowing that we are also from a neighbor island,” she told me.
Larry, a cancer survivor, has been through his own surgeries, radiation, chemotherapy and physical therapy so he knows exactly what the children he sees at the family room are experiencing. Larry’s heart is definitely into it. “I’m a sucker for the kids at the Family Room,” he said. “And I enjoy socializing with their families.” How did Wanda and Larry choose RMHC–HI? It was seeing the Ronald McDonald House public service spot on the television that did it. “We saw the TV ad and decided to contact RMHC–HI,” said Larry.
Recently, Wanda and Larry planned their Honolulu trip and their volunteer shifts at the Family Room to coincide with Foodland’s 60th Anniversary event benefiting RMHC–HI so they could volunteer at that too! “The Foodland event was great!” said Wada. “It was really fun and I enjoyed interacting with the guests. They all were so supportive of the RMHC–HI mission.”
Thank you Wanda and Larry, we at RMHC–HI and all the families that you help appreciate you very much!