Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House

About This Campaign

Every day families arrive at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland unsure about the tenuous health of their child. They come to Cleveland for the best care and to RMH to stay together and remain strong as their child receives that care. Some stay for one night and others for months, or many times throughout a childhood. At the House, birthdays are celebrated. Siblings grow up together. Friendships are formed. Parents tuck their children in at night. And families are surrounded by a loving and supportive community.

Kelly Mata and her son John came from Connecticut for an intense, three-month pediatric feeding program. During their stay, holiday spirit provided many uplifting moments. “Being at RMH during the holidays was a very special experience. The House is festive every day. We were able to see musical performances, decorate cookies, make gingerbread houses, watch movies, see Santa Claus, and of course there were presents,” recalls Kelly.

Four-year-old Jazmine Esquivel has a rare disorder called microdeletion syndrome. She and her mom Maria travel to Cleveland from Western Ohio for highly specialized care. Jazmine feels very secure at the House and loves the playground; Maria loves the support. “It was very helpful being able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House. It took away a lot of the stress. Without this support I probably would have been lost,” she says.

Angela Sobol and her son Matthew have been visiting RMH for three years, since finding a doctor who could treat his rare liver condition. They now come every three months for follow-ups and Matthew recently celebrated his tenth birthday with a party in the House kitchen. According to Angela, “Matthew and I have developed friendships while staying here that have now turned into family. Matthew tells everyone he has two homes: one in Illinois where we live and one in Cleveland because RMH has become our home-away-from-home.”

Khaled has lived at Ronald McDonald House for more than half of his ten years. His family came to Cleveland for a groundbreaking four-organ transplant, and stayed nearly two years. They have returned twice for follow-up care. Now younger sisters Sarah and Rose are equally at home here. Parents Mahmoud and Mirvat make sure that all three children enjoy carefree childhood moments, even when Khaled is in the hospital. “Without RMH, we could not have come to Cleveland to save Khaled’s life. When I must be with Khaled at the hospital, I know that my family is safe and happy at RMH,” Mahmoud shares.

Lee Shepard and Leanna Jarrell spent 99 days at RMH while their baby daughter Elizabeth was hospitalized for a brain injury following cardiac arrest. They come back periodically for continuing care and were recently beaming as they showed Elizabeth the playroom. Leanna shared, “Through the hardest time in our life the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland helped us rest and gather ourselves so we could be there for our precious baby girl. We are forever grateful.”

Upon checkout, you will be given the option to cover fees so that 100% of your donation comes directly to RMH. Processing fees are approximately 4.28% + 30 cents. If paying via American Express, an additional 1% is added to that.
Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc.

Campaign to Support Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc.

Since 1979, the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, a not-for-profit organization, has offered a homelike setting for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. In addition to the 55-room House on Euclid Avenue, RMH offers families of pediatric patients a comfortable space to rest and recharge at Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center, and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and, a free online resource for Ohio families.  RMH religes on the generosity of the local community to provide support and services to the more than 108,000 individuals it serves annually.