We lost our beautiful daughter Brighton on February 11th, 2022 due to complications from Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. We had traveled across the country to Philadelphia to give her a chance to be treated by one of the best CDH programs in the world at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and that would not have been possible without the incredible support of the Ronald McDonald House. We were there for three months, and they took so much pressure off of us not only in terms of providing living space, but also food, transportation and any living logistics that you could imagine.
What we also discovered in our time there was the incredible support the Ronald McDonald House provides for children and families across all walks of life and all medical situations. With the house being only a mile from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, they are making it possible for so many kids to have access to life-saving healthcare without having to worry about spending thousands of dollars on hotels, food, childcare, etc. With their recent construction of a new tower, which dramatically increased their capacity and enhanced the quality of the accommodations, we are aiming to raise $50,000 in order to commemorate one of the new rooms in honor of Brighton, and to do our part to continue the Ronald McDonald House's mission to promote the health and wellbeing of children.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of the Philadelphia Region supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Our two Ronald McDonald House® programs provide temporary lodging, transportation, meals, and social services to families who travel to Philadelphia for pediatric care. Our three Ronald McDonald Family Room® programs extend the support of our Houses into the hospital setting and offer a quiet respite space for families at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Ronald McDonald Camp is a week-long overnight camp for children with cancer and their siblings held in the Pocono Mountains every August. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, operated in partnership with St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children, provides comprehensive and continuous oral healthcare to children in North Philadelphia. Proceeds from donations made at local McDonald’s restaurants make up less than 5% of our annual revenue, with the remaining 90% generated through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. It costs RMHC of the Philadelphia Region $155 a night per family to provide housing and supportive services; however, families are only asked to contribute $25 per night. No one is ever turned away due to inability to pay and the House waives approximately half the nightly fees annually. Visit RMHCphilly.org for more information.