Gala 2017 Honoree – Dr. Harvey & Deana Freedman
In 1986, their lives changed forever. At the age of 16, Harvey and Deana’s eldest son David was diagnosed with Chronic Myelocytic Leukemia. In 1987, David required a bone marrow transplant and the family traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When the family arrived, they knew no one and desperately needed housing. The Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee became the family’s “home away from home” and Deana and Harvey remember that “the House provided everything we needed and more.” Following David’s death in 1987, the family returned to the Bay Area.
In 1989, Deana and Harvey read about the opening of the Ronald McDonald House in San Francisco and the rest is history. For 28 years, Deana and Harvey have generously and quietly dedicated their time, talent and treasure to Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco. Deana has been a member of the Board of Directors, Harvey has chaired the Golf Tournament, and both have served on the Long Range Planning Committee. Harvey and Deana now serve on the Advisory Council.
“Our experience in Milwaukee led us to a life long commitment to the Ronald McDonald House in San Francisco. Our favorite thing to do is cook dinners for the families during the holidays and we return to Milwaukee on the anniversary of David’s death; our children have cooked dinners at the House, as well. We look forward to many more years of helping other families.”
-Harvey and Deana Freedman