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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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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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What 35 Years of Helping Families in Need Means to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHC DC) has been blessed to be a part of the Greater Washington, DC community for 35 years. In this city, we may see a lot of political change and power players, but we're still a city rooted in American values like family, opportunity, and lending a hand to those in need.

Support from a community that holds these values dear has made it possible for us to:

  • Give families the opportunity to seek the best health care for their seriously ill or injured child, no matter how far away it is;
  • Reduce day-to-day worries on families like where their next meal will come from; 
  • Provide a comforting and supportive community that understands the struggles facing families of seriously ill children.

In 35 years, we've served more than 175,000 family nights. Each family has a permanent place in our hearts. On this anniversary we celebrate our past families and we look to the needs of our future ones. 

Read on to learn more about our beginnings, growth, and plans for the future!

June 6, 1980: The Beginning of RMHC DC

It took a lot of love and support from the community to open the first Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC. It was the 16th Ronald McDonald House to open in the country. 

Re-purposing an old Spanish colonial home that had belonged to nuns in a neighborhood in Northeast Washington, DC, a small staff began to offer a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children seeking treatment at area hospitals. 

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5 Great Things McDonald's Does

Jenn Wohletz at the Denver Westword wrote "Five Things McDonald's Does Right..." 

Ms. Wohletz's list is a good one that deserves a little attention. So take a look at the great things McDonald's is up to - in ascending order of greatness:

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Ronald McDonald House's Roots In McDonald's Shamrock Shake

In honoring the legacy of Shamrock Shake’s integral role in the building of the first Ronald McDonald House, McDonald’s in the DMV will donate $.25 from every McCafé Shamrock Chocolate beverage sold from March 11-17 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC.

Shamrock Shakes benefit RMHC March 11-17

What does the McDonald's Shamrock Shake have in common with Ronald McDonald House Charities?

Flashback to the early 1970s: Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill and his wife Fran’s young daughter Kim was battling leukemia. The couple routinely slept on chairs and benches in the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to stay by her side. In talking to other families doing the same, the Hills learned that many had traveled from far away so their children could get the best care, and they didn’t have money to pay for hotel rooms. Local pediatric oncologist Dr. Audrey Evans understood the importance of family-centered care and shared her vision for a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children.

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Acumen Solutions 2014 Race for a Cause and Ronald McDonald House

You choose. You race. Our kids win!

2014 Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause
Sunday, October 19 - 8:00 AM
North Quincy Street, Arlington, VA

Acumen Solutions is hosting their 6th annual community road race with proceeds benefiting 10 local nonprofits. We're happy to announce that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHC DC) has been selected to participate again this year!

It's up to YOU, the runner or walker, to pick which charity your donation will benefit. So please choose "Ronald McDonald House" when you register! The more racers we register, the more we benefit from the proceeds!  

Click here to Register!

Can't make it to the race?  Donate here to sponsor a runner or ask a friend to participate!
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Holding Families Together: Meet Erin and Summer

Newly widowed and single mom, Erin, stayed at Ronald McDonald House, where she received the care and support she needed during this trying time.

This post by Holly Homer, author of the Kids Activites Blog, is one in a series that will highlight "kid charities" this year. Holly shares the story of Erin and her daughter Summer, who suffered from a neck injury after being in a car accident that took the life of Erin's husband. “Hey, we have a bed and food,” was the first thing Erin heard and exactly the comforting support she needed.

Read Erin and Summer's story here.

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Fairfax, VA – September 11, 2013 – For the second year in a row, Shirley employees donated their time to volunteer at the Northern Virginia Ronald McDonald House in Fairfax, Virginia on September 5th and 6th, 2013. Since 1998, the Northern Virginia Ronald McDonald House has served as a “home-away-from-home” for families of seriously ill

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