Community Volunteers

JJ & Leo Kissinger, Andrew, Aiden, & Peter Barfoot

For years, Andrew and JJ have shared great memories as friends working together to serve families who have a seriously ill child, including many families who have lived at Seattle's Ronald McDonald House.

Andrew and his family volunteer faithfully with Side-by-Side, whose mission is sharing laughter, rest, and togetherness with families who have a seriously ill child. Over the last 20 years, he's volunteered at camps for cancer families, hosted special events for families at House, lead monthly BINGO games in the RMH dining room, and even shoveled snow in the RMHC parking lot!

JJ serves as the Executive Director of a new organization called The Light Collective, whose mission is to create a community where families who have a child with cancer can build resilience and share delight. Every month, he and his team host a thematic "day of fun," which includes a big box of games and activities delivered to each family's door, three opportunities to connect on Zoom, and a family dinner from a local take-out spot.

Andrew's son Aiden is 4, and Peter is 2. JJ's son Leo is 4 and his daughter Jane (who opted out of the photo shoot) is 8.