Simmons family awaiting Bowden the Brave Hero Room in anticipation for Peoria Ronald McDonald House grand opening

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PEORIA, Ill. — Adam and Christine Simmons have spent the past 3 years advocating for, and supporting the Ronald McDonald House.

“My hope is that the families that come in here if it’s just mom or dad or both, that they can feel some of that recharging and energy and also the love,” said Christine Simmons, mother to Bowden Simmons.

Three years ago, the Simmons leaned on Ronald McDonald’s support while their 9-month-old son, Bowden, was fighting acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH).

“We lived in the Ronald McDonald house for six months, and we were only able to bring Bowden there one night. It was incredible,” said Adam Simmons, father to Bowden.

Now, a room will be named after Bowden called “Bowden the Brave Hero Room.”

They say it’s the community’s involvement that got them to this point, including their neighbors who own Sucre in Morton. They’re putting on a fundraiser this week called “Popsicles for a Purpose” to help raise funds for Bowden’s room.

So with the grand opening right around the corner, the Simmons say they hope the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois in Peoria can be that “home away from home,” just like it was for them.

“I hope that these people can have a little bit of that hope and bravery always no matter what and maybe some of that can rub off on them too,” said Christine Simmons.

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