BANGOR, Maine — A New Hampshire man, Dwight Barnes, is walking to every single Ronald McDonald House in New England. This is all part of a 56-day trek on foot to raise awareness and funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New England.
Barnes is a retired McDonald's owner and operator. He worked at the business for more than 40 years. He started his journey on August 17.
Having spent almost 40 years in the McDonald’s restaurant business, Barnes has seen firsthand what this charity has done for thousands of families. His experience inspired him to take on this challenge. In addition to raising funds for RMHC New England, Barnes is raising awareness for local chapters he visits like the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine, which is also in need of critical support.
"Well there's going to be some long stretches from here to Burlington, a lot of long days, probably a bit lonely at times but I always think about the mission and the families that this will help support. That's where I get my inspirations from," Barnes said.
The Ronald McDonald House of Charities provides a home away from home environment where families can stay while a child is going through medical treatment at a nearby hospital.
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