HENNEPIN — Marquis Energy is donating $200,000 over the next two years to help fund Ronald McDonald’s new housing complex for families to stay at cost-free, while their child receives medical care.
This new housing project will be only a half mile away from the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria.
The need became apparent to the Marquis family during extensive hospital stays and chemotherapy treatment for the daughter of Marquis Energy’s Chief Operations Officer Jason Marquis. Marissa Marquis was diagnosed with leukemia in 2017 at 2 years old and is receiving care at St. Jude’s Midwest Affiliate in Peoria.
During hospital stays, Jason Marquis and his family witnessed firsthand young children without family members by their side to comfort them.
“It’s heartbreaking to see kids alone during medical stays. As a parent, I cannot imagine the stress of parting with your child during this time,” Jason Marquis said.
“That is exactly why the Ronald McDonald house is needed in Peoria, and we are thrilled to be part of this project to keep families together during medical stays.”
Marquis is committed to bettering the community through service and producing homegrown ethanol for cleaner air and more affordable fuel.
With a production capacity of one million gallons of fuel grade ethanol per day, Marquis Energy is the largest dry-mill biofuels production facility in the United States.