This year, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Diego celebrates 40 years of serving the San Diego community. The organization offers a "home away from home" to families with a child being treated for serious, often life-threatening conditions at local hospitals.
A child's life-threatening illness or injury is a terrifying experience for families. Parents want to be as close as possible to their critically ill children; however, the repeated round trip from their child's hospital bedside to distant homes drains their energy, finances, and time. Even worse, it prevents them from being available when needed by their children or medical staff. Parents find themselves sleeping in a hospital waiting room or even their car to be close to their child.
At San Diego's Ronald McDonald House, we know that children need their parents to be strong. We provide an essential "home away from home" where families may take care of their own basic needs just steps from our partner hospitals. Each year, more than 15,000 family members will visit our House for meals, computer access, laundry facilities, and much more, all in an environment where families may connect with others who understand what they're going through.
As an independent 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, we raise the majority of our operating budget from the community. With your help, we can ease the burdens of these families and help them cope with the many challenges of a child's medical crisis.
Visit rmhcsd.org to learn more about how you are making a difference for families through your raffle ticket purchase.
San Diego's Ronald McDonald House was home to the Booth family during 5-year-old Emma's treatment for cancer. "We were completely blindsided by Emma's diagnosis," says mom Stephanie. "We live two hours away and didn't even have a change of clothes with us, let alone a place to stay." The Ronald McDonald House took care of the basics for the family. It became their sanctuary, a safe and welcoming place that kept them close to Emma and together with their younger children. Emma will continue outpatient treatments for another year. Raffle supporters help ensure that the Ronald McDonald House is here for the Booths on their return visits.