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UTC Student Wins Charity Promotion, Chooses Ronald McDonald House
December 19th, 2011

(Pictured are Chinyere Ubamadu, marketing and public relations manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga, Jordan Butler, student at University of Tennessee who made the charity promotion donation and Bonnie Phillips, marketing and special events coordinator for Blood Assurance.)


When Jordan Butler was in the sixth grade, he had a bicycle accident and required surgery to repair his torn intestines. During his stay at the hospital, he and his parents became familiar with the services of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.

Now Jordan is a healthy 18 year old who just completed his freshman year at UTC. In November, Jordan decided to donate blood at Blood Assurance, where he registered for a chance to donate $1,000 to the charity of his choice.

Remembering the services of the Ronald McDonald House, Jordan did not hesitate to name them as his favorite charity when he received a phone call from Bonnie Phillips, marketing and special events coordinator for Blood Assurance.

“I remember them bringing me games to play when I was in the hospital, and I know of other families who have been helped by the Ronald McDonald House,” said Butler.

Along with the families who will benefit from his donation to the Ronald McDonald House, Jordan’s blood donation will benefit up to three patients in area hospitals.

“We appreciate Jordan’s generosity in paying it forward to help other families.  His donation will make it possible for 26 families to stay close to the hospital while their critically ill children receive specialty care,” said Jane Kaylor, executive director, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.

It costs $55 per day to provide a one night stay for a Ronald McDonald House family.  In addition to Jordan’s contributions to his community, his father Joseph recently donated blood in honor of a friend who was scheduled for an upcoming surgery. When their donations are separated into components of platelets, plasma and red blood cells, this father-son duo will help up to 6 patients locally.

To learn more about the services of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga, please visit www.rmhchattanooga.com.

Posted by Lacey Wilson

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