Our History

Our History 2017-09-04T16:56:40+00:00

rmhwm-our-historyThe Ronald McDonald House of Springfield, MA® is one of an international network of over 300 Houses that have opened since the first House was established in Philadelphia in 1974. The non-profit corporation, Ronald McDonald House of Springfield, MA® was founded for the sole purpose of building and operating our House. Serving on the Board of Directors are representatives of the Junior League of Springfield, area McDonald’s® owners/operators, medical personnel, concerned parents and community volunteers.

The first Ronald McDonald House opened Oct. 15, 1974, in Philadelphia as a result of then Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Fred Hill. Hill’s daughter, Kim, had leukemia. To be near their daughter during her treatment, Hill and his wife, Fran, slept on hospital chairs, floors, and couches. They noticed many other parents doing the same. Already committed to raising money for cancer research, the Eagles shifted gears and decided to do something to help other families experiencing the same emotional and financial traumas the Hill family faced. Ultimately, the discussion led to a joint fund-raising effort by the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia area McDonald’s restaurants. The resulting funds raised were used to purchase and renovate the first Ronald McDonald House.

In 1984, five members of the Junior League of Springfield researched and documented the need for a Ronald McDonald House to service pediatric needs, particularly at Baystate Medical Center and The Shriner’s Hospital.
Unbeknownst to the Springfield Junior League, a Monson woman, Sandra Crowley, a mother of two, had started a petition drive to bring a Ronald McDonald House to Springfield. When Crowley and the Junior League became aware of each other’s efforts, they joined forces.

OUR FAMILIES

RMH of Springfield has hosted Loida Rivera and her daughter, Natalia, on and off for the past 9 years.  The...
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Maria and her son Cesar are from the Dominican Republic and have been coming to the Ronald McDonald House of...
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My son and I have been visiting The Ronald McDonald House for ten years. My son Irving Jose Acosta Contin...
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My name is Sierra Correa I have a 10 month old named Jah‘niya Thomas. I was about 6 months pregnant...
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Since the very first night, the Springfield House became our second home, every year that my son Arturo has an appointment we are received at the Springfield House with open arms and for the whole time that we are being seen at Shriners.
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“The memories I have made at RMH are something I’ll never forget. RMH is like my second home--the people are like my family.”
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It has already been six years since we left the House and returned back to Cyprus, but you still cross my mind every single day. Without you, nothing would be the same.
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We would like to thank the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield for opening the door to us to be near our baby who was born at just 24 weeks.
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