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For the families of children with life-threatening illnesses, the stress and uncertainty of what lies ahead is overwhelming.

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford provides a comfortable and secure place to stay for families of seriously ill children who relocate to Palo Alto to receive specialized medical treatment at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The mission is founded on the belief that seriously ill children have a greater likelihood of successful outcomes if their families are together in a supportive environment close to the hospital.

The House first opened its doors in 1979 with accommodations for 13 families. Over the past 38 years, the House has expanded multiple times to meet the continuing demand for services. Following the opening of a new 52,000 square foot building in 2016 with accommodations for 67 families and the renovation of the legacy building in May, 2017, the House serves 123 families every night and has become the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world.

In addition to providing each family with a bedroom and private bathroom, the House incorporates a variety of inclusive programs and services designed to reduce stress and create a sense of community and normalcy. Age-appropriate activity rooms give pediatric patients and siblings a place to play together and make friends. Other communal spaces provide parents the opportunity to relax and share stories of their common experiences. By giving families a place to relax and recharge, family members are best equipped to focus on what matters most - the health and well being of their children.

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