Red Shoe Society Member – Kayla
Kayla Braznok’s reason to volunteer at RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown is very important to her. When Kayla’s daughter Karly was born, she was struggling with her breathing and was immediately transported to UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. There, Karly was diagnosed with Pierre Robin Sequence and a chromosome deletion. She was in the hospital for nearly two months. During that time, the Ronald McDonald House became a second home to Kayla.
About a year ago, Kayla was looking for ways to give back to the Charity when she came across the Red Shoe Society. The Red Shoe Society is a group of young professionals that supports RMHC Pittsburgh and Morgantown families. Once she learned more about the group, she knew she had to join.
“For me being a part of the Red Shoe Society means we all work together to bring joy and happiness to families. When I was staying there the little things meant a lot and I know how much they will mean to somebody else,” said Kayla.
Since joining the group, she has volunteered at special events like FlightFest, a fundraiser benefiting the Charity and helped during a special Red Shoe Society Day of baking sweet treats with the families.
Kayla’s desire to help at the Charity does not stop with the Red Shoe Society. As a 12-year employee at the Uniontown McDonald’s, she also participates in the yearly toy collection drive held by MAAK Alamo LLC . All 19 restaurants partake in this special project to bring extra holiday cheer to the Ronald McDonald House.
“It is such a wonderful thing for so many people to come together and help round up gifts for children who cannot go home for Christmas,” said Kayla.
Additionally, Kayla recently hosted a dinner for the families at Ronald McDonald House Pittsburgh in honor of her daughter’s seventh birthday.
“The Charity does so much for the kids and families, and I enjoy helping in ways that I can,” said Kayla.