October 15, 2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the very first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the start of Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) as we know it today. RMHC has helped millions of families over the past 40 years.
Want to know how it all got started?
Kim Hill, a little girl who battled leukemia, was the child who inspired the RMHC system. Her mother, Fran Hill and her father, former NFL Philadelphia Eagle’s player, Fred Hill, slept on hospital chairs and ate from vending machines to stay by her side. The Hill family’s struggle to remain close to their daughter while receiving treatment inspired co-founders of the House, Dr. Audrey Evans and Jimmy Murray, to make RMHC happen.
With the two of them, a football team, one community, and McDonald’s, the first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia was built 40 years ago in 1974. The McDonald’s System has been proud to call this mission their own.
In fact, proceeds from a Shamrock Shake fundraiser helped raise money for the building of this first Ronald McDonald House in 1974.
In the 40 years since, McDonald’s has contributed unwavering support; including monetary contributions, volunteerism, board participation and media donations; all of which have helped impact countless lives by giving children support, stability, and the best medicine of all: their families.
Spreading awareness with socks…
We’re spreading awareness for RMHC’s 40th anniversary by using striped socks and the hashtag #forRMHC. We encourage individuals, volunteers, donors, families, or anyone who is interested in taking a photo with the socks to celebrate the 40th!
Information found via rmhc.org