Travis Says Thanks 


ENWIN Fundraising Campaign Supports Ronald McDonald House

September 13, 2018

Windsor, ON: When Alison and Shaun von Bodenhausen thought about how to celebrate their son Travis' first birthday, they knew it would have to involve Ronald McDonald.  No, not with a ceremonial hamburger or ice cream (although that would be fine too!), but with a fundraising campaign to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwestern Ontario (RMH), to thank RMH for the hospitality and care their family received after Travis was born.

Travis and Alison von Bodenhausen"Travis was born six weeks early, and then spent two weeks in NICU," explains Alison.  "Staying at RMH made night time feeds easier, and their staff provided round-the-clock support.  It also gave Shaun a comforting place to bring our daughter Anita, so the whole family could spend time together away from the NICU."

Alison's "Travis Says Thanks" fundraising efforts were supported as an ENWIN Grassroots Initiative.  The program encourages staff-driven fundraising efforts for causes that are important to our employees and the community.

PHOTO: Alison von Bodenhausen and her son, Travis.

Alison's campaign target of $1,000 was met within the first week!  Through donations from ENWIN employees, and friends and family of the von Bodenhausen's, $2,320 was raised, with ENWIN's campaign target matching donation of $1,000 bringing the grand total to $3,320!

"We are so grateful to everyone who graciously donated towards this incredible facility," says Alison.  "Without the support that RMH provided, the whole experience would have been exponentially more difficult."

von Bodenhausen Family and Pres./CEO Helga Reidel
PHOTO: Shaun, Travis, Anita and Alison von Bodenhausen with ENWIN President & CEO Helga Reidel.

President & CEO Helga Reidel was pleased to see strong support of the campaign. "Our employees, or community superheroes as we like to call them, have once again shown their commitment to causes that make Windsor-Essex better," said Helga.  "Our community is fortunate to have this resource located in Windsor Regional Hospital.  They were there when Alison needed them as they are for families from across Windsor-Essex each and every day."