What We Do
Keeping families close
Our main focus is providing comfortable, low-cost housing to out-of-town mothers and fathers needing to be near their hospitalized children. Between our two houses, the Aurora House and the Denver House, we’re able to keep 118 families close to their hospitalized children each night.
After learning their 3 year old daughter Kim had leukemia, Eagles tight end Fred Hill and his wife vowed to remain by her side at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Sleep-deprived and nourished only by vending machines, they met others despairing in waiting rooms, parents far from home. Hill's NFL teammates rallied and with the support of local McDonald's owners, the dream of pediatric oncologist Dr. Audrey Evans for a home-away-from-home for these families came true. Today, more than ten million families have been guests at over 250 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide. And it all began in Philadelphia when the very first House opened October 15, 1974.