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

Dr. Audrey Evans

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 Pediatric Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she later founded the Children’s Cancer Center...”

“…she took a total care approach by tending not just to her patients’ medical needs, but also their social, emotional, and spiritual needs, while also providing support for their families.  In 1971, Dr. Evans developed the revolutionary Evans Staging System… she’s been credited with decreasing mortality rates by a whopping 50% for neuroblastoma patients.  And her transformative work spans beyond the hospital walls.”

The Ronald McDonald House Program's Beginnings

“Throughout her career, Dr. Evans noticed that families had nowhere to stay while their kids were being treated, and she was determined to change that by creating a home away from home, free of charge. 

This is where the Ronald McDonald House program started.  In 1974, Audrey and Jimmy Murray, the former general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles, co-founded the Ronald McDonald House Charities to provide lodging, resources, and care to children and families in need. 

Since opening, the Ronald McDonald House Charities span more than 63 countries, have 360 locations, and have helped over 7 million families."

Dr. Evans says, "If I go to a [Ronald] McDonald House, somebody takes care not only of a child who is staying there, but takes care of the whole family…” and thanks to her, the RMHC network continues to do that for families all over the world and right here in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

Watch the video above or click here to see more of Dr. Evan's story and her important work!