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      Ronald McDonald House a haven for families with medical emergencies

      Toledo's Ronald McDonald House is one of two charities that is a guaranteed recipient of charitable contributions from the Marathon Classic each year.A handful of other charities are awarded funds on a year by year basis after they go through the application process.Chad Bringman is the executive director of the Ronald McDonald House. "We feel we are an organization that allows Toledo to open its arms to all of its neighbors," Mr. Bringman said.

      The Ronald McDonald House is a temporary home for people who travel long distances with children receiving medical care at local hospitals. Bringman says approximately 500 families stay at the house each year. They are not charged a fee, though they are asked to make a donation.Cherith Pascall of Hudson, Michigan has been at the Ronald McDonald House since May. She went into premature labor and her son Josiah was delivered at 26 weeks."It's been hard because I have other kids at home, but it has been a blessing because I couldn't imagine driving back and forth to my hometown to see my little guy," Mrs. Pascall said.Doctors said Josiah is improving but have not said when he will be able to go home.

      Some of the other charities receiving money this year include: Special Kids Therapy, Ryan's Place, Gliding Stars of Findlay, Camp Fire Norhtwest Ohio and Mobile Meals of Toledo. Last year more than $370,000 in proceeds from the Marathon Classic went to Northwest Ohio charities.