Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House

Loma Linda celebrates grand opening of Ronald McDonald House

SCOPE, Spring, 1997

Photo: Visitors make their way into the new Ronald McDonald House. The two-story gray stucco house began housing relatives of seriously ill or injured children on September 11.

Ronald McDonald HouseLoma Linda Ronald McDonald House, Southern California's newest "house that love built," officially opened its doors on September 11 with a grand opening ceremony witnessed by community leaders, medical officials, and, most importantly, families for whom the facility is intended.

The 18-bedroom facility is a home-away-from-home for families of children receiving treatment for cancer and other serious illnesses at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital and other nearby medical facilities.

Many of the children brought to Loma Linda University Children's Hospital for treatment come from far away, which creates a hardship for their families. They are forced to choose between a daily commute of several hours in order to be with their children or to pay an unbearable extra expense for local lodging. The Ronald McDonald House will serve as a low-cost, yet pleasant home-away-from-home for up to 18 families at a time.

"The House will offer comfort to those families battling the stress of having a child with a critical illness," notes J. David Moorhead, MD, president and CEO of Loma Linda University Medical Center and Children's Hospital. "It is a place where they can find refuge and talk with other parents who share their concerns."

Funds to build and operate the House continue to be raised through the efforts of the volunteer Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House board of trustees. Significant support is being received through the efforts of the McDonald's Operators' Association of Southern California and McDonald's Corporation, as well as the local and national chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities. Additionally, gifts of goods and services are being received from private businesses.

"We are very excited that this day has finally arrived," says Candace Spiel, chair of the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House board of trustees. "So many people volunteered their time and donated so generously to see that the dream of a Ronald McDonald House to serve the Inland Empire became a reality."

Among an estimated 300 guests to share in the celebration were donors, dignitaries, and McDonald's representatives. The first Ronald McDonald House was established in 1974 with the renovation of an older home near the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Since then more than 150 have been built around the world.

The first Southern California Ronald McDonald House was opened in 1980 in Los Angeles, with two others subsequently added in San Diego (1988) and Orange County (1989).

Contact information:

Kathie Stranger - (909) 478-8300

Ronald McDonald House
11365 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92354

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