CHICAGO (WBBM) – Ground was broken this Tuesday afternoon in Streeterville on what will be the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House – located just three blocks from what will be the new Children’s Memorial Hospital.

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Among those breaking ground was Chicago Bears Cornerback Charles Tillman.

Tillman says he’s a big supporter ever since his daughter Tiana, now a toddler, was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, an enlargement of the heart, when she was an infant.

“It was right around Labor Day, or Memorial Day, weekend. All the hotels were booked. And I didn’t know about Ronald McDonald House until someone told me about it, ” Tillman tells Newsradio 780.

Tillman also says he and his wife turned to the Ronald McDonald House for help and a place to stay while doctors worked to help his daughter, “We went over there and they had a room and they took great care of my family, not just because I’m a football player but because that’s just what they do.”

The world’s largest Ronald McDonald House at 211 East Grand is set to open in 2012.

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