Each year, The McDonald's High School All American® Basketball Games bring elite high school players from all over the country together for East vs. West exhibition games. This great event raises funds for RMHC Chapters and raises the spirits of children staying in local Ronald McDonald Houses. Children like Bradley Godish who, along with his parents Brian and Jennifer, has been staying on and off at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's in Chicago since November. The family stays at the House during Bradley’s treatments for leukemia. 

Recently, Bradley and the other children at the House got a special treat when the McDonald's All American Basketball Games athletes came for a visit. It was then that Bradley met Sophie Cunningham, an All American high school basketball star from Columbia, Missouri. Bradley and Sophie became fast friends and spent a fun morning playing trains and basketball together in the House’s playroom. During that visit, Bradley’s father Brian spoke to the athletes and told them how much RMHC means to the families they serve. He encouraged them to remember that, as future WNBA and NBA stars, they will have the opportunity to make a difference in the world.  

It is clear that some of them already are. Before her visit at the House ended, Sophie spoke with Brian and told him she planned to write Bradley’s name on her game-day shoes. This show of support for Bradley in his battle against leukemia was very touching to the family. But that was just the beginning of their exciting week! Bradley and his parents got to sit court-side at the United Center for the McDonald's All American Basketball Games. After the girls’ game, Bradley and his dad watched the boy’s game from a skybox where they were thrilled to get one last visit from Sophie. This brave little boy was thrilled to see her again and they were both so happy for the chance to cheer each other on. 

Bradley’s shoes