History of Ronald McDonald House Charities
Fred Hill, a player for the Philadelphia Eagles, had a daughter, Kim suffering from leukaemia, which prompted the team to raise in excess of $100,000 dollars to support the hospital. This was met with much gratitude from Dr Evans and her team but also with a request for another $32,000 to fund a house in which the families of the children in the hospital could get proper rest, away from the ward.
In turn this request was met by Ed Rensi, an area manager for McDonald’s. The company was using the Eagles’ players as part of an advertising campaign and offered to donate the proceeds from their ‘shamrock shake’ to the cause. In return Ed asked that the house be known as the Ronald McDonald House. So it was, that on 15 October 1974, the first Ronald McDonald House opened its doors. In the intervening years Ronald McDonald House Charities has spread across the world, forming new and independent branches in over 60 regions and countries. There are now 359 Ronald McDonald Houses in 42 countries worldwide. 210 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and 49 Care Mobiles. From small beginnings ……….