World Cancer Day

Kaidence

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 Charities® of Greater Washington, DC (RMHCDC), we have the privilege of working together with oncology units at Inova Children’s Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center by serving parents and caregivers through our Ronald McDonald Family Room® (RMFR).

Ronald McDonald Family Room at Inova Children's Hospital
Ronald McDonald Family Room at Inova Children's Hospital

We are grateful to both hospitals, doctors, and medical staff who helped make these spaces possible.  While cancer is unfortunately the leading cause of death from disease among children, research shows that staying close by allows parents to better communicate with their child’s medial team and improves adherence to complicated treatment plans. Learn more here.

The Ronald McDonald House® of Washington, DC and the Ronald McDonald House® of Northern Virginia make a huge impact on the families in our community who are fighting cancer. Our Ronald McDonald Houses are built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal, or where they will lay their head at night to rest. We believe that when a child is hospitalized the love and support of family is as powerful as the strongest medicine prescribed.

Patient in DC Family Room
Patients taking a break at the Ronald McDonald Family Room
at Children's National Hospital

Some children face months of countless chemo treatments, radiation treatments, and surgeries. The Ronald McDonald House® truly provides a “home-away-from-home,” easing a family’s travel and expenses. We believe in keeping families together to directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Find details on how to stay with us and more here.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more about our impact on families who are battling childhood cancer. Use #WorldCancerDay to join today’s conversation too.