Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.
Read inside our December 2016 eNewsletter:
Season of Giving
The holidays are here! All over the world, families and friends are gathering together to share in the most priceless gift of all -- the gift of togetherness. 

Right now, at our House, 67 families are spending the holidays far from home as they care for their sick children.

While having to be far away from home during the holidays can be challenging, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is there to keep kids like Mario close to the ones they love.  Read their story here.

Mario's mother Norma says it best:
"Ronald McDonald House at Stanford welcomed us with open arms and hearts. From the moment I walked through the front doors, I felt like I was among friends. Friends who understand the struggles we face, and friends who offer a helping hand and comforting words whenever things get tough. Most importantly, thanks to the House, Mario has never had to face cancer alone."

Hope is Growing, 2

T he Great Room, undergoing renovation, in our original building that is now named the Taube Family Center

We're Still Growing!

Announcing the kick-off of Hope is Growing 2, the second phase of our expansion and renovation campaign

It took the love and support of an entire community to envision, plan, and build our beautiful new home-away-from-home, the 67-room Arrillaga Family Center. And now, thanks to the generosity of so many, we are taking the final step toward building additional capacity with the renovation and expansion of our original building, now named the Taube Family Center, underway.

To raise the funds necessary for the second phase of our renovation and extension campaign, we have launched our Hope is Growing 2 campaign with the goal of reaching $6 million in donations to complete expansion and renovation of the project by May 2017.

When renovations to the Taube Family Center are complete next year, together with the new Arrillaga Family Center, the two buildings will operate as one campus to welcome a total of 123 families every night -- making the House at Stanford the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world!

We invite you to join in our efforts toward continued growth to meet the demand for services from families with children being treated at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Together -- donors, volunteers, partners, and friends -- we will reach our ambitious goal to keep 123 families close, every night.

To learn more about how you can help hope grow at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, please contact Jay McCullough, chief development officer, at 650.470.6005 or email jmccullough@rmhstanford.org .

ABOVE: Architectural floor plan of renovations to the Taube Family Center. Click to view larger online version.
and recipient of the 2016 Red Shoe Award

House superhero and Red Shoe Award recipient Derrick Diaz
Not all superheroes wear capes, masks, or possess equal powers, but all superheroes have one thing in common: they go above and beyond to help others in need. 

For 27 years, Derrick Diaz has been nothing less than a hero to the families and staff who have come to rely on his almost superhuman abilities. Whether changing HVAC filters, driving a golf cart to deliver snacks to players at our annual golf tournament, or tending the wine bar, no task is too large or too small for this unsung hero who is often behind the scenes doing work that many take for granted. 

Derrick can always be counted on to arrive early to an event to help with set-up and stay late for breakdown and clean-up. No matter what needs doing, Derrick is always willing to lend a hand with a smile and his distinct laugh. 

Over the years, he has become such a familiar figure to our House families that they often mistake him as a member of the staff. Thanks to his long-standing relationship with the House, Derrick is also the guy to go to for historical information about the House -- a valuable resource as we transition and grow.

As a testament to his willingness to do whatever needs doing, Derrick has even been seen rolling the House's Ronald McDonald park-bench down El Camino Real to the House Party! venue. When curious passers-by inquired, Derrick proudly told them about the fundraiser, saying, "Buy a ticket and come, you'll have a great time, and it's for the families, right?"

His enthusiasm for his volunteer work is as obvious as his dedication -- it takes no stretch of the imagination to know that Derrick is happiest when he is helping families in whatever way is needed most. Indeed, his twice-weekly volunteer shifts with the House operations team has become a critical part of the weekly rhythm of making the House function smoothly for both the families and staff alike. 
In short, we -- families, staff, and other volunteers -- have come to depend on Derrick, and value his skills and knowledge. We are grateful to call this House hero an integral part of our family. Thank you, Derrick, for being our superhero!
About the Big Red Shoe Award

Our highest honor, the Big Red Shoe Award recognizes those volunteers, donors, or organizations who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in a heartfelt manner to promote, support, and care for the House and the families who call it home.

To learn more about the Big Red Shoe Award, or make a nomination, contact Jay McCullough, chief development officer, at 650.470.6005 or email  jmccullough@gmail.com.

corporate partners

Thank you to these corporations that give from the Heart
Every year employees from Bay Area companies donate their time and resources to help transform the House for the holidays and create a festive place for families to enjoy. From hanging decorations to donating toys and needed personal items, our corporate and community partners ensure all families who call the House home for the holidays continue to receive the gift of togetherness at this special time.

On behalf of the board of directors and staff, we extend our appreciation to the following organizations for their generosity this holiday season:
  • Southwest Airlines for providing a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner
  • Macy's for their beautiful decorations throughout the House
  • VMware for transforming our Santa's Workshop into a magical shopping experience for families
  • Intel for their donation of more than 250 Build-A-Bear stuffed bears
  • First Republic for their continued support of our annual Wishing Tree program
  • Naked Wines for their support of the Wishing Tree program
  • Juniper Networks for their donation of ten much-needed wheelchairs
  • Google for their holiday season kick-off lunch and craft fair 

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
520 Sand Hill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94063


Photos courtesy of The Family Album Project