Gracie Giles at home

Giles Family Story: Thriving and growing with RMHCA

Baby Gracie was born at 26 weeks weighing 2 pounds and 4 ounces. “She always has her eyes open,” proud mom Ambrosha shares. “She has fire.” Ambrosha’s family is no stranger to preemie babies. “[My mom] went through the same thing with me, as a 26 weeker,” Ambrosha says. Gracie was born on August 24…

First time holding Ellie

Dillard Family Story: Overnight arrival? RMHCA has families covered

Many families arrive in Birmingham in medical crisis with only the clothes on their backs, unsure of where to go or even turn for help. The Ronald McDonald House and now our Ronald McDonald Family Room at UAB Women & Infants Center can provide reassurance and a home away from home, no matter what time…

Volunteers in the drive-thru at McDonald's for Day of Change

You helped us raise $7,800 for Day of Change 2019

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in Day of Change 2019! Whether you got a t-shirt, shared a selfie on social media, dropped your change or did Round-up for RMHC at your local McDonald’s you have made a huge impact in sharing our mission which really helps families! In fact, all of the…

Runners at the start line

Alabama ADPi raises a record-breaking $31K to keep families together at RMHCA

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) is proud to spotlight the amazing work of the Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) Eta Chapter at the University of Alabama, whose members raised $31,124 for RMHCA through their annual Run for Ronald. This is the largest sum the chapter has ever raised from a single philanthropy event! “We…

New location added for Day of Change celebrations

Change is good. Not just the change in your pocket, but the life-long change that will impact the lives of every guest family that calls the Ronald McDonald House home. On October 18, 2019 RMHCA will celebrate Day of Change! This is a day that commemorates the opening of the very first Ronald McDonald House…

Christian Duncan plays in the play kitchen.

Family Story: Christian has family with him while battling cancer

To date in 2019, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama has provided comfort and care for 64 families who are battling childhood cancer. This serious diagnosis is consistently one of the top 5 reasons a family needs our Ronald McDonald House. Children like Christian need, and deserve, to have their parents and loved ones nearby…

Ivokisha and Javaras Grayson pose for a photo on the playground.

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…

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