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Local woman wins inaugural RMH award

Rochester, N.Y. -- It wasnt that long ago families who had children being treated in a hospital had to sleep in a chair, had no place to shower or to get a home-cooked meal.

That changed 24 years ago when the local Ronald McDonald House opened.

The woman who led the charge, Nancy Robbins, was honored with the first Ronald McDonald House Heritage Award.

Robbins helped raise $2 million to build the house and rally volunteers, all within nine months.

It opened Feb. 18, 1990 on time and under budget.

For Nancy, this project was also personal. She spent many days and nights at Strong Memorial Hospital as her young daughter was treated for cancer.

To this day, Robins is still very much a part of the Rochester Ronald McDonald House.

 
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