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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. Read […]

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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? Read More

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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. Read More

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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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Jaslene Spells Hero: Y-O-U! 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 […]

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Sunny Days Spring Newsletter

YOU Bring Sunny Days 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. […]

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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!  Read More

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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, […]

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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. Read More

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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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Can you #JuggleForRaiseLove?

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). Read More

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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. 

“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! The 8th Annual Red Shoe 5k Run & Walk is on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Read More

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Flowers Siblings

Gearing Up for #Giving Tuesday

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington, DC Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement 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 […]

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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

Company seeks to raise $5 million through annual fundraiser benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities 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 […]

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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

You Showed Abel What Love is All About “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,” […]

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Karla and mom

Moms Need Love, Too

How you help families stay strong 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 […]

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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 […]

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Washington Capitals Announce So Kids Can Starting Lineup Auction

ARLINGTON, Va. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and the Elliot in the Morning Show announced today the So Kids Can Starting Lineup auction, featuring the opportunity for the winner to meet Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and announce the Capitals’ starting lineup in the Capitals locker room prior to the team’s preseason game against […]

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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 first 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.” Read More

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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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WalletHub Loyal Hearts Society

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. WalletHub, a DC-based company, has launched a free tool that empowers people to reach top financial fitness. WalletHub users get completely free access to their credit score, credit report and 24/7 credit monitoring. The folks at WalletHub are not only committed to helping […]

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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. “This place will impact your life forever” Brantly, far left, needed all the love […]

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

You Made Sure They Had a “Home for the Holidays” Six trips. Sixty-one nights away from home. Time and again, Sean’s family travels out of town so he can undergo orthopedic treatment. You made sure Sean, center, had a happy holiday – because he had his family by his side! Sean has Angelman syndrome, a severe neurological […]

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The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Opens Doors

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 (RMHCDC) By Claudia J. Lewis, Director of Community Relations, RMHC DC on September 8, 2016 Originally posted on America’s Charities Blog Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Greater Washington DC (RMHCDC) makes an impact on one […]

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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!  Evelyn, 7, and Samantha, 5, have Osteogenesis imperfecta — more commonly known as brittle bone disease. The condition causes extremely fragile bones, and is responsible for their small sizes. Samantha weighs only 19 pounds!  Their families began communicating with each other […]

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RMFR Inova

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) – […]

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Bailey 2

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 […]

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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. WalletHub, a DC-based company, recently launched a free tool that empowers people to reach top financial fitness. WalletHub users get completely free access to their credit score, credit report and 24/7 credit monitoring. The folks at WalletHub are not only committed to helping […]

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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 […]

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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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Catalogue for Philanthropy 15-16

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

A new study confirms what we've all always known, Ronald McDonald House helps ease the hardship of children's illness on families.  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 […]

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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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D.C. United & DeLaGarza Family to support RMHC DC

Washington, DC’s sports teams are beloved by their city. That’s why it means so much when they choose to share the spotlight with important causes that have a special place in the heart of their players, coaches, and fans.  This Saturday, March 28th, DC United and A.J. DeLaGarza are supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities of […]

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Give a Little at Work to Make a Big Difference

American federal workers can give money from each pay period to support the causes they care about through the Combined Federal Campaign. Watch the video below to see our very own Claudia Lewis (starts at minute 1:56) talk about how you can help or read the article here: US Federal employees can give as little as $1 a […]

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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: 5) A Swedish McDonald’s gives burgers for recycling. A McDonald’s in Stockholm, Sweden is doing a […]

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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. What does the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake have in common with Ronald […]

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