Fred and Fran Hill gave us a warm welcome when we visited the Ronald McDonald House in Orange County. The Hills inspired the opening of the first Ronald McDonald House in 1974 when their daughter Kim at a young age was diagnosed with leukemia. The Ronald McDonald houses offers a home away from home, a place where families can temporarily live while their sick children that are receiving medical treatment.
Executive Director Noel Burcelis, gave us a guided tour. The home was warm and inviting. It has several bedrooms, living rooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. I was touched to see the amount of volunteers that donate their time to support the families in the homes. RMH also offers resources services and support for their residents.
Thank you Ronald McDonald House for inviting us to your open house. All opinions are my own.
Fred Hill (former Philadelphia Eagles athlete) pulled out his cell phone and showed me this beautiful picture of his daughter Kim. Fred recounted the story of his daughter who battled leukemia. When Kim was under treatment, they spent countless hours sleeping in the hospital, on benches, and in their vehicles. It was a very stressful time for the Hills. They knew there had to be a solution. Fred rallied the support of his teammates to raise funds. Through Jim Murray, the Eagles’ general manager, the team offered its support to Dr. Audrey Evans, head of pediatric oncology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In the aftermath of her successful treatment, the team in 1972 initiated the Eagles “Fly for Leukemia” philanthropic program, and Hill, Murray, and teammates co-founded the very first Ronald McDonald House, which opened in Philadelphia in 1974. Kim died of a brain tumor in 2011.
It is an extremely difficult for families when an unexpected illness arise. Since opening in 1989, the Orange County Ronald McDonald House has provided care, support and comfort to children and families in Southern California. “Our hope is to create a community where children and their families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.”
Get Involved! The Ronald McDonald House Charities will “Walk for Kids,” this Sunday April 3rd!