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    Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

    Providing access to health care where children need it most

    From focusing on the treatment of pediatric cancer in Poland to ophthalmology in Thailand and immunizations in New Orleans, 49 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles are providing access to health care where children need it most.

    Did you know?

    • In Poland, the diagnosis of cancer in children at advanced stages is nearly 20 percent, whereas in Western Europe only 6 to 7 percent of the cases diagnosed are in advanced stages.
    • More than 51 million hours of schooling are lost annually due to the lack of dental care among American children.
    • Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease today in the United States, five times more common than asthma.
    • Each year, nearly 10 million children die worldwide, mostly from preventable and treatable causes.
    • Almost 10% of all children in Latvia have untreated eyesight problems that are significant enough to make everyday activities, such as reading and studying, a challenge.

    These numbers don't have to be this high. In fact, we don't want them to exist at all, which is why we operate Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles in vulnerable communities across the U.S. and around the globe. By providing cost-effective, high-quality medical, dental and health education services, these vehicles literally open the door to health care for thousands of children.

    What makes the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program unique?
    When it comes to delivering health care, our Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles take a holistic approach.

    • Prevention: We deliver health education, which reduces overall medical costs, addresses behavior and lifestyle choices and helps motivate families to improve and maintain their health.
    • Treatment: We provide services ranging from immunizations and preventive check-ups to dental care and treatment for chronic and acute illnesses.
    • Referral: Our staff works with families to help them get access to ongoing care with a primary doctor or dentist.

    Services for Families
    All Ronald McDonald Care Mobile services are provided in a 40-foot long, 8-foot wide, state-of-the-art vehicle built specifically for delivering pediatric health care services. Each vehicle, which ultimately costs around $500,000 to get on the road, includes two patient examination rooms, a laboratory, and reception and medical records areas.

    Depending on community needs, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile services may include:

    • Primary care, well-child visits and developmental screening
    • Immunizations
    • Diagnostic, preventive and restorative dental care
    • Oral hygiene education
    • Asthma treatment and self-management education
    • Pulmonary function testing
    • Vision, hearing and lead screening
    • School and sports physicals
    • Prenatal care for pregnant teens
    • Childhood health promotion and injury prevention education
    • Nutrition counseling
    • Pediatric specialty care, such as oncology, cardiology and otolaryngology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Mental health assessment and referral
    • Blood collection
    • Social service resource referral
    • Health education
    • Care for special needs children

    Building upon unique expertise and strong relationships
    RMHC Chapters and local clinical service providers work together to apply their administrative, clinical and operational expertise and community resources to identify gaps in care, then deliver services tailored to the needs of their community. Together, they deliver services that go beyond treatment; they reduce reliance on emergency rooms, heighten awareness of healthy lifestyles, and help eligible families obtain government-assisted health insurance and more.

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      Martin Vu

      While each Ronald McDonald House is astonishingly unique, they were all designed with one simple premise in mind – to be a warm, welcoming home away from home for families traveling to receive critical care for their child. Equipped with laundry facilities, full service kitchens, playrooms, and lovi... Read More

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      Kayla

      On December 19, 2012 my family noticed a lump on my neck. A couple days later, I was medevaced to St. John’s and diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.  My dad and I found ourselves nearly 1,000 miles from our home in Goose Bay; 1,000 miles away from my mom, brother and sister; from my high school, favor... Read More

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      Togetherness

      It’s funny. We used to pass each other in the hallways at school all the time. We kind of knew each other, but weren’t exactly friends. Now, thanks to a special place called the Ronald McDonald House, we’re friends – very close friends.   Today, friendship means a lot more to us. While we both have ... Read More

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      Duets

      In a nook on the fifth floor of the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital, is an old upright piano. The room is Chloe’s concert hall and the instrument is her Steinway. Sitting up straight, her hands melt into the keyboard as sonatas, concertos, and waltzes start streaming through the... Read More

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      Big Sister. Big Hero

      On her way to the hospital in the morning, Georgia walks down the hall of the Ronald McDonald House with a big smile and a sassy stride. She waves to staff, volunteers and friends just like she’s a princess on parade. Everyone knows her. Everyone loves her. They wave back and wish her well as she em... Read More

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      A Love Story

      Landri’s story is one of love. Pure and simple. From her adoption, to her care to the Ronald McDonald House in Camden, New Jersey that made it possible; love has helped her fight, stay strong, put one foot in front of the other and thrive. 

       

      Landri is the youngest in the Hellinga family. After ... Read More

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      When you are 900 miles from your home, sitting in a room in the hospital, hearing that a mass was discovered in your chest and it’s Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the first thing that pops into your head, is ‘why me?’ Soon after, when you find out that you have six months of chemotherapy and radiation ahead an... Read More

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      This Little Light

      An hour away from our home, in the unfamiliar hallways of Atlanta Children’s Hospital, we were told that our two-year old Tripp wouldn’t live. Our little boy with the biggest smile and magnetic personality had been playing outside at day care when a gust of wind knocked an 100-pound branch off a tre... Read More

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      Fighting Together

      Seven-year-old Javon Bass walks through the doors of Ronald McDonald House of Memphis, clasping two-year-old Jakayla’s delicate hand. Jakayla has just been diagnosed with Leukemia and is about to embark on the fight of her young life. Javon is there to keep holding her hand – to keep giving her stre... Read More

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      Max's Hats

      Imagine your world turning upside down – finding out that while you are trying to recover from a heart transplant, you also have cancerous tumors throughout your body. Okay, what would you do? Where would you stay while receiving treatment? If you are 6-year old Max Herrick, you’d take off your thin... Read More

     

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