Linebacker Deron Mayo’s has partnered up with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Alberta.
The sixth-year Stamp launched a program called “Memories With Mayo” that sees him make weekly visits to Ronald McDonald House. The relationship between the veteran linebacker and Ronald McDonald House started informally as a result of his wife Janelle’s work with the organization, which provides a home away from home for families who need to travel to Calgary for a child’s medical treatment.
Mayo decided to become more actively and frequently involved with Ronald McDonald House after becoming close to some of the children and families he met.
“Those kids are going through tough times, so if I can put a smile on their face, then I’m happy,” said Mayo. “But truthfully, they put a smile on my face, as well. These kids are away from home and to be like a big brother in that situation or to be maybe a potential mentor to somebody is great.
“The whole reason I’m doing it is because those kids go through a lot. For them to leave home and go through all those treatments, I felt like I needed to give back some of my time. I enjoy spending time with the kids, so we’ve had a lot of fun so far.”
“The recreation programs at the House are really important to our operations. The families here are under a lot of stress, and we want to do what we can to ease that stress.” says Larry Mathieson, CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern Alberta. “We’re thrilled that Deron Mayo is part of our recreation schedule. He’s a great role model for the kids in the House, and the families definitely look forward to the activities he’s involved in.”