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    Awards of Excellence Gala

    Celebrating the outstanding contributions of some very special people

    Every year, RMHC hosts its Annual Awards of Excellence celebration in honor of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improve the health and well being of children. The annual event presents Awards of Excellence to individuals selected from across the globe and a grant of $100,000 is awarded in honor of the recipients to other nonprofit organizations selected by the awardees. 

    In 2014, RMHC and its global leaders came together to celebrate the Charity's 40 year legacy. During the event, the Charity paid homage to those that inspired ten of its first family-centered care programs and surprised guests by announcing a $1 million gift to support them. The honorees represented the first RMHC programs founded in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Learn more about the event.

    Past RMHC Awards of Excellence recipients have included:

    • Linda Dunham (2014)
    • Geoffrey Canada (2013)
    • Jamie Lee Curtis (2012)
    • Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Maggie Daley (2011)
    • Founder of Southwest Airlines, Herbert D. Kelleher (2010)
    • Seven-time NBA All-Star, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and founder of Alonzo Mourning Charities, Alonzo Mourning (2009)
    • Entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Peter and Ginny Ueberroth (2008)
    • Actress, producer, social activist and national outreach director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Marlo Thomas (2007)
    • NCAA championship basketball coach and youth mentor, John Wooden (2006)
    • The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps with actor Paul Newman
      accepting on their behalf (2005)
    • Actor, director and humanitarian, Danny Glover (2004)
    • Renowned pediatric surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson (2003)
    • Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan (2002)
    • Tennis star Andrea Jaeger (2001)
    • Performer and humanitarian, Harry Belafonte (2000)
    • Wife of McDonald's Corporation founder Ray A. Kroc, the late Joan Kroc (1999)
    • Betty Ford, former First Lady (1998)
    • Retired U.S. Army General, Colin Powell (1997)
    • Acclaimed theologian, Henri J. M. Nouwen (1996)
    • Former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Antonia Novello (1995)
    • Barbara Bush, former First Lady (1994)
    • The late Fred Rogers (1993)
    • Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1992)
    • Former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter (1991)
    • The late Jim Henson (1990)

    Did you know?

    • RMHC has local Chapters in more than 60 countries and regions around the world
    • More than $200 million has been collected through RMHC Donation Boxes
    • At least one RMHC core program provides care for children and their families being served at 89% of the top children’s hospitals worldwide
    • In 2014, RMHC served nearly 5.7 million children and families
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    RMHC STORIES

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      RMHC helped give our family new hope

      My three-year-old son, Brady, has had extensive medical issues since he was eight weeks old and developed tremendous difficulty eating. Since that time he has been in the hospital – sometimes for weeks at a time – over and over again. After all this time, we understand that we may never know the roo... Read More

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      Ronald McDonald House Truly Is Our Home

      For my sixteen-year-old son Nathan and me, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford truly is our home. For now. Nathan is on the transplant list to receive a new heart and liver, so we have no idea how long we'll be here. Nathan was first admitted to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford in D... Read More

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      Miracle Twins Celebrate First Birthday

      As the mother of four girls, I was so excited that one of the twins I was expecting was a boy. When we learned there was a blockage in his urethra causing major kidney damage and putting our unborn son in danger, we were scared but determined to find a way to help him. We pushed doctors to try every... Read More

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      Supporting Amazing Fathers Every Day

      In early August 2014, when my wife Jennifer was six months pregnant with our second child, our two-year-old daughter Katelyn became ill. Katelyn was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer, and over the next two months she endured five rounds of chemo, surgery to remove a large... Read More

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      The Love You Get is Equal to the Love You Give

      My son Elias was born a month early due to some pregnancy complications. Aside from having jaundice, he was a healthy, strong, six pound baby. After a few days in the NICU, my husband Tony and I brought Elias home. Unfortunately, Elias’s jaundice got worse when he was four weeks old and he was diagn... Read More

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      Proud to Serve Military Families Across the Country

      Captain Roger Curry, U.S. Navy, and his family are grateful for all that the Ronald McDonald House of Durham has done for their family.Capt. Curry’s daughter, Megan, suffers from Gata-2 Deficiency, a rare genetic blood disorder. Last year, Megan spent 198 nights at the House, which her father descri... Read More

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      All American Basketball Games Bring Players and Children Together

      Each year, The McDonald's High School All American® Basketball Games bring elite high school players from all over the country together for East vs. West exhibition games. This great event raises funds for RMHC Chapters and raises the spirits of children staying in local Ronald McDonald Houses. ... Read More

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      Love for RMHC Runs in my Family

      When I was born, my parents learned that I had a heart defect called ‘transposition of the great vessels’ that required open heart surgery. The next day, I was flown from Tallahassee, Florida, to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. My parents drove the two and a half hours from Tallahassee to G... Read More

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      Forever Grateful for RMHC

      When our two-year-old daughter Avery suddenly became very ill over Labor Day weekend two years ago, my husband Ryan and I rushed her to our local hospital. The ER doctors did a CAT scan and immediately transferred Avery to Rainbows Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH. When the helicopter arrived to... Read More

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      Comfort, Care and Support

      After a long and difficult labor, Katie Bloodworth’s precious new baby finally arrived.  But the doctors and nurses in the delivery room began working on her urgently.  Katie and her husband had no idea what would happen next.  They were scared; baby Ellen wasn’ t making a sound. Thankfully, baby El... Read More

     

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