History

Who We Are
The First Ronald McDonald House®

When an unlikely partnership was formed in Philadelphia in 1974 between a doctor, an NFL team, and a restaurant chain, no one could have imagined that the dream of Dr. Audrey Evans for a home away from home for families of seriously ill children would grow to become an international phenomenon. This relationship began when Kim Hill, the daughter of Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill, was treated for leukemia at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.

Jimmy Murray, general manager for the Eagles, met Dr. Evans and quickly learned of her concept of a "home-way-from-home" near the hospital for families.  He reached out to McDonald’s with the idea that they could offer the proceeds from their Shamrock Shake sales to benefit this new house. McDonald’s agreed, and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House was born on October 15, 1974.

There are now over 300 Ronald McDonald Houses that serve more than 7,200 families a night around the world - from the USA to Canada, Australia, The Netherlands and Germany - over 30 countries in all.