EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSState Police Serve Ronald McDonald House Families Before McTrooper 5K
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Larry Clark
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Oct. 4, 2013 4:37 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 4, 2013 6:27 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Members of the West Virginia State Police traded in their badges for cooking aprons Friday afternoon at the Ronald McDonald House.
We're in the home stretch to sign up for the first McTrooper 5K, and with just a little more than a week before the big event, a few state troopers wanted to take some one on one time with the families at the house to get a better look at just how important their mission really is.
"Troopers need to give back to the community a little bit, and that's what we're trying to do down here. We're trying to set the example," 1st Sgt. Michael Baylous said.
Every day, the Ronald McDonald House in Kanawha City feeds almost a dozen families staying at the home while their children are receiving care in local hospitals.
"She's stable, but I don't get to hold her yet," Rebecca Collins said.
We introduced her to you last week. She's determined to stay by her daughter's side throughout her battle to get better.
Collins could be at the home for several more months while her daughter, Jessica, who was born premature, improves. She said just having someone to talk to about her struggles is as important as having a hot meal. Both things provided to her today by the state police.
"I started talking to him about it and everything. It feels good to talk about it. Lets people know how she is and everything," she said.
"These folks are out protecting us daily. These men and women across the state. For them to come in and continue to give to our families, it's just incredible," Dewayne Dickens said.
"What more worthy cause can you think of than here at the Ronald McDonald House?" Baylous said.
The McTrooper 5K is October 12th at 9 a.m. Saturday is the last day to register for the special discounted rate of $25. Registration goes up to $30 after that.
The race starts at the Ronald McDonald House near CAMC Memorial.
Log on to www.mctrooperrun.com
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