Family Story: Graysons find much needed rest and peace

Ronald McDonald House families travel the furthest for care and spend the longest time in the hospital. Every three weeks for more than a year, the Grayson family has made the five-hour trip from Mobile to Birmingham for Jarvas Jr.’s care. Jarvas, 16, lives with sickle cell disease, diabetes and a vascular disorder called Moyamoya…

Intern Story: Internships can help you find your passion in life

The following intern story was written by Katie Larson, our Summer 2019 Marketing Intern. To the future interns of RMHCA, Throughout my life, I have always been enthralled with the idea of using my personal gifts as a way to bring light into the lives of other people. We all want to find what is…

People visit brewery tables to taste craft beer at Sweet Home Brews 2019.

Innerspace Brewing wins voter’s choice at 2019 Sweet Home Brews

Another great Sweet Home Brews is in the books! This annual event, hosted and organized by RMHCA’s Junior Board, brings together some of the best Southeastern craft breweries in one place for a fun night that supports RMHCA’s mission. And the voter’s choice award gives one deserving brewing big bragging rights and a traveling trophy…

The Love family speaks to the gala crowd.

17th Annual Heart of the House Gala raises $319K to help families stay together

At the 17th Annual Heart of the House Gala, supporters opened their hearts and raised funds to help keep 232 families together and near the life-changing medical care their child needs! Those families, like the Loves, travel hours from home for their child’s care and our mission is to provide them with comfortable place to…

Pickens Family photo of mom and dad holding baby boy.

Family Story: Four hours from home, forever grateful

The following story was written by Stephanie Pickens about her family’s recent stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. When we received the news that our son Asher would be transported to the UAB NICU, four hours away from home, we were overwhelmed and scared. We kept thinking, where would we stay for such…

Birmingham Barons players wear the RMHCA charity jersey

By the numbers: RMHCA celebrates 40 years in June

Wow, what a fantastic June, celebrating 40 years of loving families at RMHCA! Thank you to everyone who gave $40 in honor and memory of all the families we have served; shared our special anniversary-related social media posts; attended the special RMHCA Birmingham Barons game on June 29; and bid on the RMHCA charity jersey!…

Intern stands (right) underneath RMHCA tent with 2 other RMHCA staff (left).

Letter to a Future Intern

The following letter was written by Summer 2019 Marketing Intern Zelma Mae Cable. Dear future intern of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA), “If what you’re doing makes a difference for one family, then what you’re doing matters.” April Dickerson, Director of Family Programming, gave me these words of encouragement during my first week…

Announcing the 4th annual Make Eating Matter campaign

4th Annual Make Eating Matter

RMHCA is excited to partner with several Birmingham area restaurants to host our 4th annual Make Eating Matter! By partnering with some amazing restaurants in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, Make Eating Matter helps your mealtime make a difference for RMHCA families. Getting involved is incredibly easy; simply visit a participating restaurant on the designated…

Jana’s Journey: Staff member Lisa gives back after staying at RMHCA

For our 40th anniversary month, we wanted to share a special story that represents the decades-long impact RMHCA has made on families. We’re proud to bring you Jana’s Journey, written by her mom Lisa VanZandt. Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a former guest, volunteer and a current employee at the Ronald McDonald…

Mr. and Mrs. Chapman with the Southeastern School softball team.

Former guest family honors daughter’s memory by hosting $3,000 fundraiser for RMHCA

Each year, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama helps hundreds of families stay together when they need it most. One of those families, the Chapmans, shared their story of hope, struggle, and how they decided to give back. Bryon and Hannah Chapman of Remlap, Alabama are both teachers and coaches at Southeastern School. On August…

Text reading "Your Note Here! Fathers Day 2019". An arrow points from the text to a blue envelope.

Send a Ronald McDonald House dad a Father’s Day note!

This year, we want to give our supporters the chance to wish a Ronald McDonald House dad well for Father’s Day. Enter the information below and we’ll fill out a special card with your message and pass them out to dads at our Father’s Day Dinner on June 13. The deadline to submit your note…

Baby Emmalyn Carter sleeps with a knitted bunny ear hat on.

Family Story: Little Things Make a Big Difference

They say a mother’s intuition is never wrong; this proved particularly true for the Carter family. One morning early in her third trimester, mom-to-be Sarah Carter began feeling unwell and knew she needed to get to the doctor. After a round of tests, she was diagnosed with HELLP, a serious syndrome which raised major concerns…

Screenshot showing video contest entry page where supporters vote for RMHCA

You can help RMHCA win up to $40,000 in the Partners in Progress video contest by Wind Creek Hospitality

Yup, you read that headline correctly! You and your friends can help snag a piece of the prize money for RMHCA from the Partners in Progress video contest, sponsored by Wind Creek Hospitality. The 7 organizations with the highest amount of votes will win a $10,000 to $40,000! So how do you help? Enter your email in…

Pop Tab Parties 2019

Pop Tab Parties net 4,782 pounds of tabs for RMHCA

What a wonderful piece of news to share! Our three Pop Tab Parties netted 4,782.61 pounds of aluminum pop tabs. These little shiny pieces have been recycled and the proceeds will help cover 3 family stays at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham. Families stay an average of 11 days so our pop tab supporters…

Dustin, Ava, Caitlyn and Skye Rigsbee. Source: Family

Family Story: ‘I can be a mom to all 3 of my kids because of the Ronald McDonald House’

A mom wants nothing more than to have her family all together, especially on Mother’s Day. Every day of the year, the mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to give mothers like Caitlyn Rigsbee that wish. She and her husband Dustin are parents to three children and the newest addition to their family, Oakley,…

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