Author: Rachel Taninecz

Her One Chance to Live — On the Other Side of the World

LJ was critically ill and 14 hours from home. You made sure she wasn’t alone. LJ needed a bone marrow transplant in order to live. An international registry found a  possible bone marrow donor … on the other side of the world. “We didn’t know how we’d manage,” her mom, Lizbeth, says. “But we took […]

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Winnie Bittner

A Rainbow Hanging Over

Peggy and her husband, Brett, first knew something was wrong with their daughter Winnie during her 20-week ultrasound.  The appointment was taking longer than usual, and the tech was focusing a lot on Winnie’s heart. After that, everything happened so quickly. The Weighting Game Doctors believed Winnie only had three chambers in her heart, instead […]

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KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Care Team

Community Partners Give Children In Need A True Medical Home

Through a partnership with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, our KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (KMMC/RMCM) recently received a $150,000 grant from CVS Health to increase evaluation, social work, and case management services for patients with asthma, mental health concerns, and food insecurity. “We’re so grateful for our partnership with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital […]

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BIG NEWS: We’re Expanding!

We have some big news that we’re excited to share! Thanks to partners like HKS Architects, we’re expanding the number of guestrooms at our Ronald McDonald Houses. Learn more from one of our architectural designers in our blog post: https://rmhcdc.org/helping-hands-and-happy-hearts

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Helping Hands and Happy Hearts

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, D.C. (RMHCDC) has a mission that never fails to touch hearts. RMHCDC exists to keep families together while a child receives specialized medical treatment at a hospital that’s far away from home. The ability of an organization to step up when families—parents, babies, siblings—are at their most vulnerable […]

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Caring Partner Spotlight: Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHDC) Caring Partners play a vital role in easing the hardship of children’s illness on families and children.  This spotlight features the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, Washington Lodge #1. Read more to find out how this fraternity is making a difference in the lives of […]

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Virginia is for Loving Families

You-shin and Derrick were all set to move to Michigan.  They’d sold their house, packed everything up, and purchased plane tickets to leave.  You-shin was 33 weeks pregnant with their daughter, Audrey. Unexpected Emergency One week before they left, You-shin went in for her last prenatal exam before the move.  During her check-up, You-shin’s doctors […]

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Giving Hope For A New Life

By: Mindy Mooney About four days after my son Corrigan was born, he began having seizures and showing other signs of distress. Corrigan was diagnosed with a rare genetic Urea Cycle Disorder. Two treatment options were available: a lifetime of severely restricted diet and strong medications or an organ transplant. His medical team felt that […]

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Anne’s Story

Forever In Our Hearts By: Anne Talbert Gower We stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Fairfax in 2003 when our daughter, Alexis, had open heart surgery. It was the biggest blessing to us. During an exam when Alexis was 2 weeks old, her doctor noticed she had a heart murmur. After an echocardiogram, she was […]

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Beat the Heat: RMHCDC Releases Summer Cookbook

As part of our Feed The House campaign and in honor of National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, we released the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) and Giant Food Spring and Summer recipe book – just in time for the First Day of Summer! In an effort to promote health, wellness, […]

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Irma and Pieter

“Nothing Else Matters”

When Pieter was 1 week old, he was diagnosed with cancer in both of his eyes. Doctors warned Pieter’s mom, Irma, that they could expect a very long battle. They were right. Seven years later, Pieter is still fighting. Doctors removed one of his eyes when he was 2 weeks old. Pieter has undergone various treatments since then. Now he receives chemotherapy every three weeks. The costs […]

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You’re the Best

LJ made this heartfelt artwork for her mom, Lucia. Thank you for helping them stay together while LJ fights leukemia. LJ is 7 years old and fighting a painful battle. She has leukemia and has traveled to multiple hospitals for treatment she can’t get at home. No matter where she is, LJ can count on one thing: her mom, Lucia. Lucia takes care of LJ when she’s sick, kisses […]

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Ella

From the Bottom of Her Broken Heart

You’ve never met little Ella, but you’ve been helping her fight for her life since she was just 4 days old. Her grandmother — also named Ella, but better known as Gram — doesn’t know what their family would do without you and your generous support of Ronald McDonald House®. Keep reading to see how you’re helping their family stay together — and close to the care […]

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2018 Annual Report

We are proud to share big news and big numbers from 2018! Read on to see everything you helped us accomplish. Click here to see the full 2018 Annual Report.

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Case and Mom

Case’s Family Makes Happy Memories, Thanks to You

“From head to toe, Case has 30 diagnoses. He’s a busy guy,” his mom Liz says. When Case was born, his doctors didn’t expect him to survive. But Case, now 8, is a warrior. He’s frequently hospitalized for different surgeries and treatments. Liz says you give their family “shelter from the storm” by making it possible for them to stay at […]

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Motherhood: Celebrating Strength, Perseverance & Inspiration

Motherhood: Celebrating Strength, Perseverance & Inspiration

From the day you were born, she was a shield that protected you from all the scary and unfamiliar pieces of the world. She was there to provide comfort on the toughest days. But most of all, she was there to make sure your little heart stayed filled with love. Meet Denise Gehrman – a […]

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Job Openings

Thank you for you interest in becoming an employee at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC to help us fulfill our mission to ease the hardship of children’s illness on children on families. There are no available positions at this time.

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Job Opening: Major Gifts Officer

Job Opening: Major Gifts Officer

JOB TITLE: Major Gifts Officer FLSA STATUS: Full-time; Exempt REPORTS TO: VP, Development & Marketing   The Organization Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, D.C. (RMHCDC) has been serving families in the Greater Washington, D.C. area for 38 years. Our mission is to ease the hardship of children’s illness on families through programs that directly improve the […]

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KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

TD Charitable Foundation Supports Washington, D.C. Youth Through Grant to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) has been awarded a grant of $30,000 to help advance their mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children, and lessen the hardship of childhood illness on families, through support for the operation of the organization’s KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care […]

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National Nutrition Month and Feed The House

Mixing Ingredients One Meal at a Time.

Put your best fork forward and join Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) as we continue to celebrate National Nutrition Month this March. In an effort to promote health and wellness, our partners at Giant Food are giving back to the local community by providing the recipes and ingredients that volunteer groups […]

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) Earned GuideStar’s Highest Seal of Transparency

RMHCDC just earned a 2019 Platinum Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar. By sharing these important metrics, we’re helping the sector move beyond simplistic financial ratios to assess nonprofit progress. “In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Julie Lowe, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement, “we are […]

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Mattithia

“The Best Kind of Love”

Ahiza’s heart was broken. His baby girl, Mattithia, had congenital heart disease. She needed surgery — at a far-away hospital — to live. Ahiza and his wife Nadine sold everything they owned to make the life-saving trip. At such a stressful time, the only thing they didn’t need to worry about was where to stay […]

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Dan

Dan’s Powerful Moment

Like you, Dan knows the joy of helping others. But his story took some devastating twists and turns. Over a period of six months, his whole world was turned upside down. He suffered an unthinkable amount of loss and grief. “For all I know, this place saved my life.” Overwhelmed and not sure how to […]

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Logan

Thank You for Being Logan’s Friend

Meet Logan. He’s Mr. Personality! He loves smiling, soccer, swimming, and everyone he meets. If he met you — a friend who’s helped him through some of his toughest battles — he’d give  you a big hug. Logan was born with congenital cytomegalovirus, a virus that attacked his brain in the womb. Now he lives […]

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Natalie and Natalyah

Hurting, Heartbroken, and Far From Home

How you helped a mother fight for her baby’s life Natalie would give anything to help her baby live. Even her own liver. That’s just what she did. When her daughter Natalyah got sick, Natalie donated part of her liver in hopes that a transplant surgery would save her little girl’s life. It was painful […]

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Yearlong Partnership with Giant Food

New Yearlong Campaign Aimed at Providing Healthy Meals for Families Coping with Critically Ill Children Read the Press Release to find out more or sign up to volunteer!

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Feed The House

Giant Food and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC Partner to ‘Feed the House’

Fairfax, VA – This National Nutrition Month, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) and Giant Food have partnered to launch Feed the House, a campaign that will support volunteers and help provide nutritious meals to families taking care of critically ill children in nearby hospitals. Feed the House will support Ronald McDonald […]

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Kaidence

World Cancer Day

This year, over 11,000 new cases of cancer are estimated to be diagnosed among children in the United States. You can help us spread the word about different ways to support families who are fighting childhood cancer in honor of World Cancer Day. Pediatric oncologists specialize in treating childhood cancer. Here at Ronald McDonald House […]

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Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving

For more information or to request a speaker for your workplace giving event, contact Stephanie Collins at Stephanie@rmhcdc.org or (202) 529-8204.

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RMFR CNMC Volunteer Application

RMFR CNMC Volunteer Application

Apply to Volunteer in the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Children’s National Medical Center

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RMH Nova Volunteer Application

RMH Nova Volunteer Application

Apply to Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House of Northern Virginia

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RMFR Inova Application

RMFR Inova Application

Apply to Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Inova Children’s Hospital

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RMH DC Volunteer Application

RMH DC Volunteer Application

Apply to Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC

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Gearing Up for #Giving Tuesday

Your #GivingTuesday donations will help families with sick children stay close to each other and the care and resources they need, when they need it most. Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to […]

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Loyal Hearts Society

Loyal Hearts Society

Loyal Heart Society Levels: Hearts of Hope: $1,000 Hearts of Care: $1,001-$2,999 Hearts of Love: $3,000-$4,999 Hearts of Gold: $5,000+

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Wish List Urgent Needs

Wish List Urgent Needs

Urgent Daily Needs: Paper TowelsLaundry DetergentDisinfecting WipesCopy Paper

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McDonald’s and Customers Help Keep Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC Children, Families Together When They Need It Most

With the Season of Giving upon us, and as families everywhere make plans to spend quality time together over the holidays, McDonald’s customers in the Greater Washington, DC area can help families who must travel great distances to seek treatment for their seriously ill children, by allowing them to stay close to one another as […]

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Board at the 5k

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC Elects 10 New Board Members

WASHINGTON, DC – November 2017 – Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC is pleased to announce 10 new Board Directors: Louie Atangan, TD Bank; Samira Cook Gaines, Global Empowerment Solutions; Giuseppe Giaimo, McDonald’s Corporation; Kris Grumiaux, McDonald’s Corporation; Barbara Johnson; Martha Parra, Children’s National HealthCare System; Meera Pillai; David Schneider, Holland and Knight; Anna […]

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Karen Torres Brava Award

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC’s Executive Director, Karen Torres, honored by SmartCEO with Brava Award

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Karen Torres, for being honored by SmartCEO Magazine as a 2017 Top Female Business Leader in the Washington DC area! The Brava Awards program celebrates high-impact female business leaders in three categories: CEOs, Executive Directors of Nonprofits, and C-suite executives. Brava award winners combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a […]

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LEED GOLD

LEED GOLD

The Ronald McDonald House of Washington, D.C. is Leed® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified at the Gold level.  The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.  Building “green” is good for our families and the community for generations to […]

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Fall 2017 Newsletter

A Reason to Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is a time when families gather and give thanks.  But two days before Thanksgiving, Shannon’s family suffered heartbreaking news: her son, Joshua, had cancer. Joshua started treatment right away, and Shannon stayed close to the hospital at Ronald McDonald House.  During this time of turmoil, Shannon found peace in the House kitchen. She says: “At […]

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Easton

Three Brothers, One Priceless Gift

You helped a family rally around their newborn   When Easton was born at 27 weeks, no one knew if he would survive.  He weighed just 1 pound, 7 ounces, and couldn’t breathe on his own.   His mom, Kayla, doesn’t mince words when she describes what his first few months were like for her […]

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Season of Giving

Give the Gift of Togetherness for Families with Critically-Ill Children this Holiday Season

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC), your local chapter of the global non-profit that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, is asking people everywhere to help keep families with critically-ill children close to each other and the medical care their child needs to heal […]

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Medela Recycles

Medela Recycles Program Benefits RMHC with New Breast Pumps

August is National Breastfeeding Month. This month, Medela has given us two things to celebrate! Medela introduced the program Medela Recycles to ease the stress on nursing mothers staying at Ronald McDonald House. The program is “focused on helping moms who have finished their breastfeeding journey help another mom start hers.” Every pump received through the Medela […]

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When Baby Gabby Had Surgery, Her Family Found Comfort At RMHC DC

A year ago, shortly after her first birthday, Gabbriella underwent heart surgery. Monica and Steve found out about Gabby’s heart issues while she was in the womb. Their Cardiologist said that if she was strong enough, they could perform surgery when she was a year old. The night before Gabby’s surgery, Monica and Steve came […]

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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 (RMHCDC) 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 […]

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RMHC DC re-featured by The Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of Greater Washington’s best community-based charities

WASHINGTON, DC – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHC DC) is honored to announce its continued recognition as one of Greater Washington’s best community-based charities by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. Being re-featured online by the Catalogue reflects RMHC DC’s status as a highly effective local charity, working to ease the hardship of […]

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Bray Family

New Study: Hospital Administrators Say Ronald McDonald Houses Provides Significant Benefits

According to the study, published in the Journal of Health Organization and Management, a survey of 530 administrators from 16 countries finds that the majority of hospital administrators believe Ronald McDonald House makes significant contributions to family-centered care and support. Click here to read the full summary of the study.  It’s thanks to supporters like you that Ronald […]

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2017 5k

How To Make the Most of Participating in a Walk or Run for Charity

So you signed up for a charity walk, now what? You found out about a charity run, walk, marathon, [insert your activity of choice] and you want to get involved. You care about the mission and you’re excited for an active day outside, but where do you start? If you want to make the most […]

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McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Benefits RMHC DC

The 9th Annual McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour returns in May and local performances will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC. Gospel Greats and the DC Community to Support RMHCDC Gospel music great Yolanda Adams will join the tour hosted by national radio personality, Lonnie Hunter. Also joining are singer/songwriter, Donald Lawrence, […]

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