Cavs throw watch party for families at Ronald McDonald House

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CLEVELAND - As thousands of Cavs fans cheered on the team during a watch party Sunday at The Q, others didn't have that chance. The Cavs threw a special watch party for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House so they could share in the playoff excitement.

The party featured everything you’d expect at a Cavs home game, including Cavs Girls, the in-arena host and a swag bag with a Cavs t-shirt, rally towel and wristband.

The house provides support and a home-away-from home for 55 families who have a child being treated a local hospital. The average stay at the house is 20 days but can range from one day to more than a year.

“I was very excited. It just gives you something to take your mind off everything, especially when you're going through stuff like this. Helps a lot,” said Steven Thomas, of Conneaut, who had been staying at the house with his family for three weeks since the premature birth of daughter Arabella.

She remained in the NICU, and the family expected to remain at the house through July.

“Without it, I don’t know what we would do,” he said.

The family of 21-year-old Nathan Proffitt had been staying at the home since December, while he underwent brain surgery and months of recovery, stemming from a rare disease that causes seizures. He was released Friday.

“In the hospital I’m just always going, and it’s nice to have kind of a change of environment and just relax and sit back and watch sports,” Proffitt said.