Ronald McDonald House Saskatchewan
Ronald McDonald Houses started in 1973 with a three-year-old girl. The girl, Kim Hill, daughter of Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill and his wife Fran, was receiving treatment for leukemia at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Determined to do something to benefit families using Children's Hospital, Hill and his Eagles' team mates approached Kim's physician, Dr. Audrey Evans, Head haematologist/oncologist. Dr. Evans expressed the serious need for a home facility near the hospital.
This led to a joint fund-raising effort with the Philadelphia area McDonald's restaurant owners, which, in turn, resulted in the purchase and renovation of an older, seven-bedroom home near the hospital.
The Philadelphia House opened in 1974 and was named Ronald McDonald House, not just because of the fundraising support of the local McDonald's restaurants, but because of the positive, hopeful, and fun-loving feeling this beloved clown inspires in children.
After the 1975 opening of the second Ronald McDonald House in Chicago, McDonald's Restaurants of Canada flew a group of Toronto-based parents of children challenged with oncology related illnesses to Chicago to visit the House. These parents, along with representatives from the Hospital for Sick Children and local McDonald's restaurants, developed the first House to open outside the U.S. After the 1981 launch of the Toronto House, additional Houses soon opened in Montreal, Halifax, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Calgary, London, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Quebec City, and Hamilton.
Located close to pediatric medical facilities and capable of welcoming approximately thirty or more families at one time, each House is operated by an independent, non-profit organization and relies on individual and corporate donors for the products and funds required to run the Houses.
Today, there are more than 340 independently owned and operated Houses in 37 countries ranging from Canada and Mexico to Great Britain and Hong Kong. Offering more than 3,000 bedrooms worldwide and supported by more than 26,000 volunteers who donate more than one million hours of their time annually, since 1974 Ronald McDonald Houses have provided the hope and help for more than 10 million family members that is the heart of every good home.