The first Ronald McDonald House was established in 1974, inspired by Kim Hill, the 3-year-old daughter of Philadelphia Eagles tight end Fred Hill. When Kim was diagnosed with leukemia, Fred and his wife camped out on hospital chairs and ate food from vending machines during her treatment. Exhausted and frustrated, they wanted to create a place of refuge and support for other parents facing a similar situation.
Hill rallied the support of his teammates to raise funds for the cause. Through the Philadelphia Eagles General Manager, Jim Murray, the team offered its support to Dr. Audrey Evans, head of the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Their partnership led to the first Ronald McDonald House, based in Philadelphia.
Stemming from this vision, Ronald McDonald Houses are now available throughout the world. In fact, more than 10,000 families are guests each night at nearly 300 Houses in 30 countries.
Our Houses in Long Branch and New Brunswick were established through a true collaboration among hospital staff, board members, community members, local organizations and McDonald’s restaurant franchise owners/operators. Together, our two Houses have served more than 4,000 families.