Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Montana is the catalyst to create a world where children have access to quality health care and their families are able to better comfort and support them.
"I love the Ronald McDonald House because of the family I have made while being here and actually having people who know what I'm going through."
The mission of RMHC is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Guiding us in our mission are our core values:
-Lead with compassion
-Focus on the critical needs of children
-Celebrate the diversity of our people and our programs
-Value our heritage
-Operate with accountability and transparency
RMHC is the catalyst to create a world where children have access to quality health care and their families are able to better comfort and support them while actively participating in their care.
It all began in Philadelphia in 1974 when three-year-old Kim Hill — daughter of Philadelphia Eagles football player Fred Hill and his wife, Fran — was being treated for leukemia at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
During Kim’s three years of treatment, the Hills often camped out on hospital chairs and benches and ate makeshift meals out of vending machines, all while watching other parents do the same.
The Hills knew there had to be a better way. Fred rallied the support of his Eagles teammates to raise funds. The team offered its support to Dr. Audrey Evans, head of the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Evans dreamed of a comfortable temporary residence for families of children being treated at her hospital.
Murray enlisted Don Tuckerman from the local McDonald’s advertising agency, who with the support of McDonald’s and launched the St. Patrick’s Day Green Milkshake (now known as the Shamrock Shake) promotion. Funds raised went toward purchasing an old house located near the hospital.
And, thus the first Ronald McDonald House came to be.