Ronald McDonald Houses have been set up around the world to serve as residents for parents and children being treated for chronic illnesses in nearby hospitals. There are 368 houses in 64 different countries/regions.
Owen Buell, 2, and his family were staying a Ronald MacDonald House by Chicago’s Lurie Children’s hospital as Owen was treated for Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive cancer that attacks organs.
The family was planning to return to the House to celebrate Owen’s second birthday:
“We were going to have cake and ice cream and do some presents at home with his siblings and his grandma,” said Owen’s mother, Valerie Mitchell.
But looting throughout downtown Chicago made it impossible.
“We got a phone call from the nurse saying that none of the nurses could make it in for safety concerns and they didn’t want any families in the middle of that trying to walk into Lurie’s,” Mitchell said.
The Ronald McDonald House was one of several locations hit early Monday morning.
“The whole door was shattered and it looked like a bullet hole, so I started freaking out thinking about how unsafe that was. You shouldn’t feel that way when your kid needs medical care. You shouldn’t be afraid to walk a few blocks down the street,” she said.
Why would rioters attack a Ronald McDonald House?
Well, according to one Black Lives Matter (BLM) leader, the rioting and looting in Chicago was simply part of BLM’s reparation claims. READ: Chicago BLM Organizer Defends Looting: ‘That Is Reparations’
Black people are increasing distancing themselves from the radical organization that claims to represent them. While BLM leaders call for police to be defunded or completely dismantled, 81% of Blacks want the police presence in their communities to stay the same or even increase. READ: 81% of Black Americans Want To Maintain or Increase Police Presence in Their Neighborhood