In 1974, the first Ronald McDonald House® opened in Philadelphia thanks to Dr. Audrey Evans, Philadelphia Eagles’ player Fred Hill (whose daughter, Kim, had leukemia), Leonard Tose, owner of the Eagles, Jim Murray, the Eagles’ general manager and Ed Rensi, the McDonald’s regional manager. This event led to the founding of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC®), to support the mission of creating a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost
Forty years later, Ronald McDonald House Charities has more than 290 local Chapters in more than 58 countries and regions around the world where it continues to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. By year-end 2014, these programs will include 337* Ronald McDonald Houses, 202* Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, 52* Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, grants to non-profit organizations and scholarships.
Click through our slideshow above to learn 8 facts about what RMHC and RMHC of the Tri-State New York Area are doing today.
*Projected program numbers for year end 2014
Source: Ronald McDonald House Charities