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Sheehy Infiniti Of Tysons Donates $5K To Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC

Our newest Caring Partner, Sheehy Infinity of Tyson's Corner, donated $5,000 to RMHCDC as part of the Sheehy Auto Stores’ 2016 year end giving program. A total of $151,000 was given to charities in Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; and Richmond, Virginia.

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WalletHub supports RMHC DC to help children stay close to their families this holiday season.

Our thanks go out to WalletHub for donating to our Loyal Hearts Society.

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You Opened Your Heart to Help Save His


Brave Brantley’s battle started before he was even born. 

His parents, Ben and Renae, received life-changing news while Renae was 35 weeks pregnant: Brantley has a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The left chamber of his heart is severely underdeveloped, and isn’t strong enough to pump blood through his body.

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You Made Sure They Had a “Home for the Holidays”


You Made Sure They Had a “Home for the Holidays”

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You Gave a Gift That Will Last a Lifetime … Friendship!

Evelyn and Samantha are best buddies who have been mistaken for twins. They’re not related, but they share quite a connection, and you’re part of their happy story! 

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Providing Access to Health Care Where Children Need It Most

 


Providing Access to Health Care Where Children Need It Most

Shape the Future with Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington DC (RMHC DC)

By Claudia J. Lewis, Director of Community Relations, RMHC DC on September 8, 2016

Originally posted on America's Charities Blog

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New Ronald McDonald Family Room Supports Families at Inova Children's Hospital


RMHC DC FAMILY-CENTERED PROGRAMS PLAY A VITAL ROLE IN ACCESS TO CARE FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

Opening of New Ronald McDonald Family Room in Inova Children’s Hospital Allows Families to be Present and Involved in Their Child’s Treatment and Recovery

March 1, 2016 – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHC DC) – Falls Church, VA 22042

Since opening the doors to our first Ronald McDonald House in Washington DC in 1980, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington D.C. has helped ease the burden of having a sick child for thousands of families in our community. Our second Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR) opened in February at the new Inova Children’s Hospital.  Through this program, families of seriously ill children will be able to be present and involved in their child’s hospitalization and treatment while helping them in the healing process. 

The opening of the RMFR will provide a quiet retreat for families.  Here they will be able to unwind and combat anxiety, depression and stress, which, according to studies, are prevalent shortly after a child’s admission to the hospital.  “It is a privilege to be able to expand our reach and impact with this new program in Inova Children’s Hospital,” said Karen Torres, RMHC DC Executive Director. “Much like our other programs, RM Family Rooms provide a welcoming space for families to relax and regroup while finding the support and encouragement they need to cope better with the illness of their child.”

“The addition of a Ronald McDonald Family Room to our hospital gives families a place for respite and comfort, while remaining close to their child” said David P. Ascher, MD, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Inova Children’s Hospital.  “The Family Room also plays an important role in the healing process by enabling family members to be an advocate for their children with the clinical teams and to better understand their child’s treatment plan.  We realize that the better our parents feel, mentally and physically, the more they can be there for their children.”

The Family Room in Inova Children’s Hospital is located on the 8th floor and is available to PICU and pediatric cardiac care families.  The room features a coffee maker, microwave, computer stations, and comfortable seating.  RMHC DC staff and volunteers are onsite to welcome and assist visitors. Donate to the Inova Ronald McDonald Family Room Wish List Here

Volunteer at the  Ronald McDonald Family Room, Inova

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You Sponsored 200 Nights for Families In Need With Share A Night Ornaments

This holiday season we asked you to help sponsor a one night stay for families of critically ill children by purchasing a Share A Night ornament.  Thanks to your overwhelming care and support, 200 one night stays will be sponsored for our families!
 
One little ornament provides togetherness, comfort, and joy for some of the littlest and sickest children this holiday season. Children like Bailey.
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WalletHub supports RMHC DC to help children and families this holiday season.

Our thanks go out to WalletHub for donating to our Loyal Hearts Society.

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New KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Ribbon Cutting

Norton Spoke at Dedication of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On December 8, MedStar Georgetown Hospital hosted a reception for the new KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile vehicle. The new vehicle, which replaces an older aging unit, was purchased with the support of the owner-operators of McDonald's Family Restaurants of the Greater Washington area.

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