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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Steve McMahon of IOOF cooks for the families

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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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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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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“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’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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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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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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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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J and J Oriental Rug Gallery

Caring Partner Spotlight: J & J Oriental Rugs

J&J Oriental Rug Gallery is very passionate about supporting local non-profit organizations and continues to do this every year.

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Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity Seal

RMHCDC Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator for third consecutive year

This is the third time that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC has earned this top distinction.

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Daniel Youngest Liver Transplant

You Helped a Tiny Survivor

See what your gifts mean to Daniel’s family Daniel’s story is so extraordinary, it’s been told in the national media. But did you know that YOU play a part in it? “I thought the House was amazing.” Daniel was sick when he was born. Eventually, doctors told his mother, Melody, that he needed a liver transplant. They warned her: No one knew how long […]

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The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Opens Doors

National Health Education Week

Healthcare professionals celebrate National Health Education Week (NHEW) during the third week of October. The purpose is to increase awareness of major health issues and promote a better understanding of health education and its role. Here at RMHCDC, we provide health education to many families with our Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles® throughout the greater Washington, […]

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See Why Eshall is Smiling

Eshall is only 3 years old, but you’d never know it by the way she speaks. If you met her, she’d likely take you by the hand and begin chattering away: “I have pockets. Can you read a book? When are we going to make cookies?” Inquisitive and animated, Eshall isn’t slowed down by anything. Not even the large birthmark that requires […]

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You Have the Biggest Heart

Maddie was born with heart disease, lung disease, and epilepsy. She was so sick, she couldn’t leave the hospital for five months. Her mom, Dianne, didn’t want to leave Maddie’s side. Then Dianne found out about Ronald McDonald House, and how friends like you provide a loving place for moms like her. Dianne says she wept as she left […]

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LilyAnn's Family

20% Chance of Survival — 100% Loved

You made sure a tough little newborn had her family by her side Jacki enjoyed an easy pregnancy. Then, at just 28 weeks, she got a headache so severe, it nearly knocked her off her feet. Because of her job as an EMT, she had a stethoscope and blood pressure cuff at home. Jacki asked her husband Aaron to check […]

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Raffa PC Red Shoe 5k Team

Julie Jones, RMHCDC Board Chair, is 2018 Mid-Atlantic Women’s Leadership Award winner

Because the welfare of sick children and their families is dear to Julie’s heart, she pursued a leadership role with us that led to her election as Board Chair, extending her time to serve these deserving families. RMHCDC was lucky to find a champion and supporter in Julie Jones, a Partner at Raffa, the firm […]

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So Kids Can Check Presentation

Capitals and Elliot Segal Present $40,511 Check to RMHCDC

Washington Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby, and Tom Wilson, with Elliot Segal of the Elliot in the Morning Show, recently presented a check for $40,511.52 to Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC. We are so honored to have had the opportunity to work with Washington Capitals players Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and Tom Wilson along with Elliot […]

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Surprise Breakfast at Ronald McDonald Family Room

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month at RMHCDC

Every single day, 38 families in the United States have children who are diagnosed with cancer. Every September, we come together to honor National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC programs make a huge impact on the families in our community who are fighting cancer.  Please help us […]

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Back-to-School Season at RMHCDC

Throughout the school year, we look forward to serving more families through our core programs. Our Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles® are especially busy at this time, since many of our community partnerships are with local schools, letting us reach the children who need us most.  In 2017, our Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles, administered in partnership […]

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Trentyn and Brandi 2002

Celebrating 16 years of good health since Trentyn was born with Gastrochisis

Faced with a child’s illness, life stops overnight and parents enter a world of fear and worry.  Sixteen years ago, today, new mother and father, Brandi and Josh, started their journey through that fear to get the necessary medical care for their new born son, Trentyn.  In 2002, Trentyn was born with Gastrochisis.  He had […]

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC Recognized as Top Charity in the Region

RMHCDC has been recognized by the Better Business Bureau and as a top charity in the Washington, DC region for their transparency, efficiency and impact.

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In Her First Year, Barbara Volunteered 100+ Hours

Congratulations to our Ronald McDonald Family Room Volunteer, Barbara Newman, on her Arlington Cares award, recognizing her 100+ hours of volunteering! Barbara received the award at the Arlington Cares’ Celebration of Volunteerism event, joining seven other 2018 winners being acknowledged for their distinguished service as well as numerous community volunteers who have served 100 hours or more within […]

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Far From Home, But Not Alone

You helped a mom stay near her baby Quiana and Rashon were thrilled to be expecting.  Quiana knew that motherhood would change everything, and she was excited and ready.  But no mother is ever prepared for what happened next. Her baby, Graham, was born with Hirschsprung Disease, a nerve condition in his intestines. He also has Down Syndrome, and he would need […]

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The Best Gift of All

Julianne and Hailey are both 12 and they’re both fighting cancer. And, they both stay with their families at Ronald McDonald House when they receive treatment. That’s how you gave Julianne and Hailey the best gift of all: each other! The best friends are each other’s biggest cheerleaders. Julianne says, “Being with Hailey is my favorite thing about this House. […]

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They Came to Save Her Eye

YOU changed her life! Every parent has hopes and dreams for their child. Right now, Cheng Zhen has a simple wish: to save her daughter’s eye. Five-year-old Dimeng has cancer in her left eye. The doctors near their home in China said they would have to remove the eye. “We were all very sad,” Cheng Zhen says. “But then a […]

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Strength of Heart

YOU helped a devoted duo stay strong Kathy and Faith know a thing or two about strength. We don’t mean physical strength — although Kathy has to be pretty strong to pick Faith up. The 5-year-old wears giant plaster casts on her legs, and they’re really heavy! The mother and daughter show great strength of heart. They inspire each […]

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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed

We are currently recruiting volunteers to work a weekly shift in the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Children’s National Medical Center and two shifts per month/alternate weeks in the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Inova Children’s Hospital. Shifts are available seven days a week. A minimum commitment of two shifts a month is required. Volunteer […]

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Raise Love for RMHC

Raise Love #forRMHC this Selfie Day

Do you feel like you never have enough time to spend with your loved ones?  Our families certainly do! YOUR support makes it possible for them to stay close by when their child is being treated in the hospital.  You give families going through one of the toughest time of their lives the greatest gift: […]

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Raffa PC Mainstay Caring Partner

Caring Partner Spotlight: Raffa, PC

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC) Caring Partners play a vital part in keeping families together at some of the most difficult times in their lives.  This spotlight features Caring Partner: Raffa, PC. Read more to find out how this accounting firm is doing more for our families and your community. Raffa, […]

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Do More 24 is Reclaiming Kindness – and So Are We!

Do you ever look around and wonder where has all the kindness in our community gone? You’re not alone. Starting May 17 at Noon, people throughout the DMV are going to #ReclaimKindness by giving back during Do More 24. Will you be one of them? The Do More 24 movement, powered by United Way of […]

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Zach with his clinical team before his heart surgery

National Nurses Week

Many of the services we provide to ease the hardship of children’s illness on families are only made possible because of nurses. This year, National Nurses Week is celebrated May 6-12 to honor nurses and everything they do to improve health and wellbeing. The final day of Nurses Week is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, […]

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Ronald McDonald Family Room Grand Opening on Hematology/Oncology Unit of Inova Children’s Hospital

The Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR) at Inova Children’s Hospital expanded service to two Family Rooms in February 2018 and we celebrated with a Grand Opening on April 30th. This new RMFR meets families and kids where they are by extending our reach to multiple floors. A Place to Rest and Regroup at the Hospital […]

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Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House

Five Volunteer Opportunities at RMHCDC

Did you know April is National Volunteer Month and Volunteer Week takes place from April 15 through April 21? To celebrate, we are thanking all of our volunteers who take the time to give back. Without your support, we couldn’t do what we do. There are plenty of ways to get involved!

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You gave hope to this spelling bee champ and her family Six-year-old Jaslene can do a lot of things. She can make you laugh. She can spell more words than anyone in her class. And she can eat a LOT of donuts (her favorite food!). But Jaslene can’t walk or lift her arms.  Her mom and dad hope that one day, she […]

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Sunny Days Spring Newsletter

Dear Friend,   Spring should be a time of bright beginnings.    But sadly, families with critically ill children have many dark days ahead of them. They’re facing more rounds of treatment. More sleepless nights. More days filled with worry.   That’s why we’re so grateful for you. When you donate, you give families shelter, love, and support. As you can see […]

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Cotton & Company LLP: RMHCDC Mainstay Caring Partner

Caring Partner Spotlight: Cotton & Company LLP

 Our Caring Partners play a vital part in keeping families together at some of the most difficult times in their lives.  This spotlight features Caring Partner: Cotton & Company LLP.  Read more to find out how this small firm is benefiting our families and your community. Cotton & Company LLP is a first time Caring Partner, thanks in large […]

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Little Kids Big Hearts Spring Newsletter

Little Kids, Big Hearts!

Some Of Our Most Dedicated Fundraisers Are Also Our Youngest! Four cousins were looking for a fun family activity. That’s when Brooklyn, age 8, her sister London, 5, and their cousins Brock and Grant (7 and 5) decided to make a big difference for families fighting illness!  The kids held a lemonade and popsicle stand to raise money for their […]

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