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    We are thrilled you’ve decided to join our family. Today, you have joined a global movement that enables families to focus on what’s most important – their sick child – while we take care of the rest!

    Your friends at Ronald McDonald House Charities

    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. 

    Click here to register for the 2019 Awards of Excellence Gala. 

    RMHC Awards of Excellence recipients include:

    • Dr. Peter J. Hotez (2019)
    • Dr. Stanford Shulman & Dr. Ram Yogev (2018)
    • Dr. Mushtaque R. Chowdhury (2017)
    • Dr. David Kimberlin (2016)
    • Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda (2015)
    • Reggie Skhosana (2015)
    • 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)


    • RMHC has local Chapters in 65 countries and regions around the world
    • More than $300 million has been collected through RMHC Donation Boxes
    • At least one RMHC core program provides care for children and their families being served at 90% of the top children’s hospitals worldwide
    • Yearly, RMHC serves millions of children and families worldwide


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      The Acosta Family


      RMHC Gave Us Peace Of Mind

      To Graciela and Jose Acosta, RMHC is nothing short of a blessing.  The family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital for a month when their son, Santiago was a very sick infant.  As soon as they arrived, a burden was lifted. “When we came to the door something cha... Read more about The Acosta Family

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      The Sharper Family


      RMHC has been there for us through the years

      My family’s first experience with the Ronald McDonald House of Durham and Wake was when my son Paris was three years old. After months of trying to figure out why Paris was so ill, we learned that he had restrictive cardio myopathy. The doctors sent us to see heart specialists at Duke Children's... Read more about The Sharper Family

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      The Johnson Family


      It's hard to put into words what RMHC has meant to us

      When Noelle Johnson is asked about her son Jordan’s health, she can rattle off the dates of his three heart surgeries, his seven-month stay in the hospital as a newborn, when he got a tracheotomy tube inserted to help him breathe and the nights she’s spent by her 12-year-old’s side every time he’s c... Read more about The Johnson Family

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      The Wehr Family


      RMHC helped us cope while our child was hospitalized

      I knew about RMHC before our daughter Autumn was hospitalized, but I had no idea what it would mean to us to be able to stay at the House. I had no idea just how much thought and effort staff and volunteers put into making life easier for families with sick children. Our eleven-month-old daughter Au... Read more about The Wehr Family

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      Ledvina Family


      The Reason I Run for Team RMHC

      When Amy Ledvina’s daughter, Maeve, presented with a high fever at 5 days old after a typical pregnancy and birth, she and her husband grew concerned. After a trip to their local hospital, they were transported to Lurie Children’s in Chicago, where Maeve’s condition grew much worse. She suffered sev... Read More about Ledvina Family

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      The Cartwright Family


      Our Support Network at RMHC

      Having recently relocated to a new home after their previous home had been destroyed by a fire, the Cartwright family faced yet another hardship— seven-year-old Jordan was diagnosed with leukemia. Jordan had to be medevaced to Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, many miles from home, to battle... Read More about The Cartwright Family

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      the Sollars Family


      Mia’s treatments take her far from home

      Mia Sollars suffered a stroke in utero, and at six months old she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cindi and Brad wanted to make sure Mia would get the absolute best care, so they chose Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, despite living 120 miles away.  At first, Cindi rented an apartment in... Read More about the Sollars Family

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      The Munoz Family


      Your small change makes a difference

      Spare change dropped in RMHC Donation Boxes at McDonald’s restaurants can make a huge difference to families with sick kids.  Recently, because donations gave two Texas children and their family access to the medical care they needed, they were also able to share an experience of a lifetime together... Read More about The Munoz Family

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      The Mylander Family


      Three generations celebrate Mother’s Day at the Ronald McDonald House

      Sherri Mylander’s mom, Sandy Bernier, travels from Escanaba, Mich., to Greer, S.C., each year to visit Sherri and her family. But it has been 30 years since the mother and daughter celebrated Mother’s Day together. That will change on Sunday, when they and Mylander’s 16-year-old daughter, Gabrielle ... Read More about The Mylander Family

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