40 stories for 40 years

Our History

Since 1981, Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis has served over 40,000 families who have traveled to St. Louis to receive medical care for their seriously ill children. RMHC St. Louis has grown from an eight-bedroom facility to include three Ronald McDonald Houses and eight long-term apartments, all of which can provide lodging to 59 families every night. In addition to the three Houses, Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis also operates four Ronald McDonald Family Rooms, located inside Mercy Children’s Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Each of these special rooms functions as a quiet oasis within the hospital, offering both local and out-of-town families of pediatric patients the basic comforts of home.

Our Mission

The Ronald McDonald House allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or no cost. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House near the hospital, parents can better communicate with their child’s medical team and help maintain complicated treatment plans. Most importantly, families can focus on their children’s health and well-being instead of the cost of necessities like lodging and meals. Many of the bedrooms inside our Houses can accommodate up to four family members, allowing families to stay together and support each other throughout the stress of their child’s treatment. The Ronald McDonald House also provides a community atmosphere where families can spend time with others facing similar situations. In 2019, nearly 900 families called a St. Louis Ronald McDonald House “home.” The organization continued to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Helping some of the most fragile families focus on what matters most – the health of their child.

Our Friends

To honor those who have made the last 40 years possible, we highlight 40 stories of past families, donors, volunteers, and community members. Enjoy these stories of hope, healing, and gratitude from our friends and neighbors.

Meet Libby Harbaugh

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Ronald and the Harbaugh Family at the Ground Breaking for the West County House, 2009 Reflections from Libby, President Dan Harbaugh’s daughter, and RMHC legacy supporter. When I first heard about this project, I asked how long the reflection should be, not because I was worried about filling the space but because I was worried …

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Meet the Drees Family

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Allie’s parents found a home-away-from-home at the Park Avenue Ronald McDonald House On November 26, 2004, Laurie Drees gave birth to her daughter, Allie, at St. Anthony’s hospital in Effingham, Illinois. Immediately after delivery, little Allie – weighing nearly two pounds – was air-lifted to SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis alone. …

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Meet the Turner Family

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Rowan’s family used the Ronald McDonald Family Room during his open-heart surgery 10 years ago. Amy and Tim Turner’s youngest son, Rowan, was born on September 7, 2010. During the one-month wellness check-up, his pediatrician discovered an irregularity in his little heart and sent the Turner family to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for further testing. …

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Meet the Mitchell Family

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The Mitchell Family stayed close at the West County Ronald McDonald House after Jailee’s terrifying accident On October 17, 2019, fifteen-year-old Jailee Mitchell was rushed to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Mercy Hospital Springfield in Missouri after an all-terrain vehicle accident. For the next three weeks, Jailee was treated for a traumatic brain …

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Meet Lisa Syberg

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Lisa Syberg found her perfect volunteer fit at RMHC St. Louis When you hear the name “Syberg,” what comes to mind? For many St. Louisians, it could be a picture of a shark, friends sitting around a table for happy hour, or a plate filled with chicken wings drizzled with the famous Syberg’s Wing Sauce. …

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