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Cooking up a special Mother's Day for needy moms

Volunteers prepare meals at Ronald McDonald House

MADISON, Wis. - Volunteers strived to make this year's Mother's Day special for some special families in the Madison area.

They cooked a meal at the Ronald McDonald House, making the day for those who are staying there.

Every family has an unfortunate reason to be at the Ronald McDonald House in Madison. For Jaclyn and Aaron Bradley of Janesville, their reason is their 3-month-old son Landyn.

"Our son was admitted about two weeks ago for not eating," said Jaclyn. "It is very stressful."

"Overall, he's probably been here more than we've been home," added Jaclyn.

Landyn had heart surgery recently, and his medical condition meant Jaclyn couldn't hold him on what was supposed to be her special day.

"At first it was eating and then he had his surgery and now it's chest tubes and wires and monitors," reported Jaclyn.


That's where chef Jimmy Brown comes in.

To help families away from their own homes with the rising cost of food, a group of volunteers has been cooking meals at the Ronald McDonald House.

Including a special Mother's Day meal this past Sunday, thanks in part to donations and in part to Brown himself.

"I've always had a special place in my heart for the Ronald McDonald House," revealed Brown. "I stayed here when my daughter was born just shy of 10 years ago. She had jaundice really bad."

Though families may not want to need the Ronald McDonald House, for those that do need it, it's a tremendous addition to their lives.

"It means everything," said Jaclyn. "I was having a pretty horrible Mother's Day."

Brown said his group has served about a half-dozen meals in the past few months.

Volunteers usually pick up the cost.

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