Ronald McDonald House creates and supports programs that directly improve the health, education and well-being of children in our community.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas
Healthcare workers agree that the best medicine for a sick child is to have Mom and Dad by their side. The Ronald McDonald House lets parents get a restful night's sleep, yet be just minutes from the hospital if they need to return to their child.
Our inspiration comes from the strength and passion shown by the families who stay with us.
"Two Super Heroes in the Family Now”
30 weeks into their pregnancy, Sara and Todd were so excited to get a 3D glimpse of their second child, a boy! And they were even more excited about the idea of sharing those pictures with 2-year old Sapphire, who was just weeks away from becoming a big sister.
“Sara’s pregnancy had been perfectly normal up until the day of that ultrasound,” according to Todd. “But the technician heard an irregular heartbeat, and that’s how we found out our son had a life-threatening heart condition.” So the couple made the two-hour drive from Kingman, Arizona to Las Vegas to consult a specialist. Testing revealed frightening news the couple just wasn’t prepared to hear -- Sara’s own antibodies had started attacking the baby’s heart.
The problem was so serious that Sara was admitted that same day to Sunrise Hospital where she would have to stay until the baby was born. And their newborn would have to undergo surgery minutes after his birth. “I just broke down and cried,” Todd admits, adding there was no way he was going to leave his wife’s side, “not when I knew she needed my support now more than ever.”
A social worker from the Children’s Heart Center arranged for Todd and their daughter Sapphire to stay at the Ronald McDonald House, so they would be just minutes down the road from Mom instead of two hours away at home. “The people at the Ronald McDonald House go out of their way to help,” Todd discovered soon after he and his daughter arrived at their temporary home away from home.
But while Baby August survived his last six weeks in the womb and his birth, his biggest challenge was just minutes away – surgery to implant a permanent pacemaker. Fortunately, August sailed through the surgical procedure and is recovering nicely. Sara is about to be released from the hospital and will join Todd and Sapphire at the Ronald McDonald House while their son continues to recover and grow stronger every day.
“I’ve always been a super hero fan. Superman and the Incredible Hulk are my two favorites.” Being six and a half feet tall with a large build, Todd fancies himself to be a lot like the Incredible Hulk. “I have the feet to prove it,” he says laughing, “and now my son does too!” But August already has another super hero nickname. “With a pacemaker, he’s destined to be Ironman. So, now we have two super heroes in the family!”
5 Things To Know About RMHC
#1 - We believe distance and a place to stay should never be a reason why children can’t visit the best doctors and hospitals to get the best medical treatment.
#2 - Our programs make a difference. Research shows that children heal faster and cope better when their families are close by for support.
#3 - We believe there is strength in numbers. Families find strength from each other and from RMHC staff and volunteers, so their child can be strong enough to heal.
#4 - While McDonald's is our largest corporate donor, our local chapter relies on the generosity of individual donors like you to help grow our programs and serve more than 15,000 families a year. All donations stay in Las Vegas to benefit our local chapter.
#5 - Whenever possible, families will try to contribute a suggested $10 per night to help out, but no family is turned away due to inability to pay (it actually costs us $70).
Your donation enables us to provide comfort, security and support to families during a difficult time in their lives. We’re honored to serve the families who stay with us - and honored you are our partner in their journey of healing.