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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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Logan and Mom Spring Newsletter

You Take a Weight Off His Shoulders

How you’re helping Logan and his mom feel better Life isn’t fair sometimes. Nine year-old Logan knows this all too well. He’s a smart, sociable kid who loves to play lacrosse. One day, his mom, Jodi, noticed that one of his hands was much bigger than the other. She took him to the doctor, and they found a tumor in his hand. […]

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Yoselin Spring Newsletter

“I Didn’t Want to Leave My Baby”

You kept a mom and her sick newborn together Yoselin dreamed of the day when she’d get to bring her newborn son home from the hospital. But Yandriel was born several weeks early and couldn’t leave the NICU. Yoselin was discharged and had to go home without him. “I didn’t want to leave my baby. I was so worried about him, about nursing, […]

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Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Doctor and Patient

Three Ways We Team Up With Doctors

On National Doctors’ Day we take a moment to honor doctors and thank them for all they have done to help the families we serve. There are so many medical services we can provide thanks to support from doctors, so here are just a few ways we work together with doctors to directly improve the […]

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Raise Love for RMHC

Can you Raise Love #forRMHC?

You may feel like you’re juggling a million things all the time! We sure do! But this time you can juggle for fun while supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHDC). Or you can jump rope, swim, play violin or throw the ball around…we’re asking you, our RMHCDC family and the best […]

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Caps at Barnard

Washington Capitals Help Teach Children Fun Ways To Stay Active

Wednesday, January 3, Washington Capitals players Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom, and Tom Wilson, together with Elliot Segal of the Elliot in the Morning radio show, visited families at Barnard Elementary School for an evening of fun and learning about healthy eating and exercise.   The Capitals’ visit to Barnard Elementary included participating in a variety of fun […]

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Mrs. Pence gave coloring books and crayons to children at Ronald McDonald House of Washington, DC, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, in Washington, D.C. 

Second Lady Karen Pence Visits with Children and Families at RMHCDC

“I am always amazed by the courageous spirits of young patients and their families,” said Mrs. Pence. “The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC provides a positive place for children and their families during a difficult time in their lives. This Christmas, I am wishing all families faced with tough times better days ahead.”

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RMHC DC Red Shoe 5k

SAVE THE DATE: Red Shoe 5k

The 8th Annual Red Shoe 5k Run & Walk is on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Details: Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018 Time: 9:00 AM Location: Dulles Station Blvd, Herndon, VA 20171 Registration Pricing: $25 Kid’s Fun Run (8 and under) $35 5k Registration Check back at for more updates and to register in 2018!

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Flowers Siblings

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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Moments of Togetherness McDonalds National Fundraiser

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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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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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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Tara and Abel

From Your Heart to His

“If you don’t have anything positive to tell me, get out of my room.”    That’s what Tara told her doctor as she lay in her hospital bed, 22 weeks pregnant with Abel.    “Doctors were telling me he wouldn’t survive.  I wouldn’t pay them any mind,” Tara says. You made it possible for Tara […]

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Karla and mom

Moms Need Love, Too

If 5-year-old Karla had a job, she might be a social director on a cruise ship.  At dinnertime at Ronald McDonald House, she buzzes from table to table, checking on friends, cooing at babies, and spreading cheer.  It doesn’t matter that she has a painful condition called Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency – one leg that’s […]

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More than words can say

More Than Words Can Say

Dear Friend, Recently, a weary mother approached us.  The look on her face said it all.  But still, she spoke: “Ronald McDonald House means more to my family than I can express in words.”  We  understand. The families you help show their gratitude every day.  They show it in hugs.  In happy tears.  In sighs of […]

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RMCM Fitness Unit at Universoul

NEW Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, home to the FITNESS Program at UniverSoul Circus

The second and newest Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is home to the FITNESS (Fun In Teaching Nutrition and Exercise to Successful Students) Program. A new initiative of RMHCDC and MedStar Georgetown, this program partners with schools to deliver a curriculum focusing on healthy eating and the importance of physical activity to students in grades K-8.  The FITNESS Program is […]

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Charity Navigator 4 Star Charity Seal

RMHCDC Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF GREATER WASHINGTON, DC’s strong financial health and commitment to accountabilityand transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  This is the second time that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington, DC has earned this top distinction. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only […]

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Dr. Audrey Evans

Dr. Audrey Evans, co-founder of Ronald McDonald House Charities, featured on Modern Hero

RMHC’s Hero Dr. Audrey Evans is “a world-renowned oncologist whose career has spanned more than 60 years and her work has impacted the lives of millions across the world.” The Mother of Neuroblastoma Video by Modern Hero C. Everett Coop, the former Surgeon General of the United States recruited Dr. Evans “as the first Chief of […]

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Caring Partner Sheehy Infiniti of Tyson's Corner

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

Our newest Caring Partner, Sheehy Infiniti 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. RMHCDC is incredibly grateful to be included in Sheehy’s generous 2016 giving campaign and look forward to our Caring […]

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