Iowa Medical Partners focuses our philanthropic projects on the Ronald McDonald House. We have four events each year that focuses on the Ronald McDonald House. The medical partners website will be updated quarterly with information on our upcoming event.
Information about Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House
The idea for a Ronald McDonald House began in Philadelphia in 1973, when Fred Hill, a member of the Philadelphia Eagles football team, learned that his three year old daughter, Kim, had leukemia. The Eagles organized fundraising efforts to assist Kim’s, as well as other children’s, fight against leukemia. During the course of these efforts, the idea of a ‘home-away-from-home’ where out-of-town families could stay during their child’s hospital treatment, was born.
Why Ronald McDonald?
The Eagles enlisted the help of their local McDonald’s restaurants to raise money for the first-ever house. In 1974, the Philadelphia House opened bearing the name of McDonald’s happy clown, Ronald McDonald. Today, there are over 200 Ronald McDonald Houses in 19 countries, all serving the needs of families during their child’s hospitalization. Each House is independently owned and operated. McDonald’s is only one of many generous donors, so community-wide support is the essential ingredient for each House.
The Iowa City House
The Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City, opened in 1985, has been a “home away from home” for over 45,000 family members from all 99 Iowa Counties, all 50 states, and 40 foreign countries. Since opening, the House has grown in capacity from 15 rooms to the current capacity of 31 rooms following the House expansion in 1999.
Past Philanthropy events have included:
Please contact Lindsey Willey or Susan Charneco for more information.