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Jay McCullough
Chief Development Officer

Dear Friend of the House,

At our House, a new year brings new hope-hope that a child's cancer will finally go into remission, hope that a new heart will become available for transplant, hope that a family can stay close by their critically ill child's bedside, no matter their financial situation.


Since joining Ronald McDonald House at Stanford eight months ago, I have come to deeply appreciate the power of hope as an agent of awareness and change. I have also come to the realization that everyone who supports our mission-whether by donating their time or money, helps hope grow, and I thank each and every one of you who gave so generously in 2013.


As 2014 unfolds, all of us at the House are gearing up for what promises to be a spectacular year of change and growth as we begin construction on our House expansion. In March, we will celebrate the groundbreaking for our expansion with what is shaping up to be the event of the season-our House Party! Groundbreaking Gala. I invite you to learn how you can be involved in this inaugural event.


2014 will provide many opportunities for everyone in our extended community of supporters to get involved in this monumental effort to build a House that will accommodate every family who needs a place to stay while their child receives medical treatment at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. By working together toward this shared vision, it is already evident that Hope is Growing.

Happy New Year.


Warm regards,



The Power of Persistence - The Gonzalez Family
The Gonzalez Family

Often times, a mother's intuition is infallible. Such was the case for Sonia Gonzalez, who, despite months of inconclusive tests and misdiagnoses knew that there had to be something that was causing her son Juan to become increasingly ill.


The first real indication that Juan was unwell occurred on his 13th birthday back in March of 2013, when he experienced a shockingly severe and debilitating headache. Tests run at their local clinic in Greenfield, CA revealed no immediate cause and Juan was sent home with a diagnosis of a possible viral infection. Unfortunately, Juan's health continued to rapidly deteriorate and by June, he had grown extremely pale and lethargic, and was oftentimes unable to find the strength necessary to lift himself from bed.


Seeking answers, Sonia brought Juan to the nearest hospital, but the tests they performed were again inconclusive. Doctors, noting that something was obviously causing Juan's illness, suggested that perhaps asthma or Valley Fever was to blame.

Read more.

Mi Pueblo Food Center - Family Field Day
House families learn how to make tamales at Mi Pueblo
On December 14, several House families were treated to a special afternoon of food and fun by our neighborhood partner Mi Pueblo Food Center. Juvenal Ch�vez, Mi Pubelo's founder and CEO, was on hand to welcome the families as mariachi played.

After being served a delicious lunch, the families participated in several hands-on activities including tamale and tortilla making, and cake decorating.

"Mi Pueblo is dedicated to being involved with every community we serve," says Juvenal. "This event is our way of sharing the spirit of the season in a warm and welcoming environment with families staying at Ronald McDonald House during the holidays."


After receiving parting gifts of brightly colored sombreros and ponchos, the families returned to the House, homemade creations in hand. Later that afternoon, Mi Pueblo delivered freshly made tamales to the House for all to enjoy.


We are grateful to community partners like Mi Pueblo for providing the gift of goods and services to our House families.  


To find out more about how your business or organization can contribute to helping our House families feel more at home, please contact Monica Makela, volunteer services manager at, or call 650.470.6028.

INTRODUCING - The Red Shoe Society at Stanford

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is pleased to welcome the Red Shoe Society (RSS) to our family.  
RSS is a group of philanthropic professional leaders ages 22-40 who provide support to Ronald McDonald House at Stanford with a collective goal of making a difference in the lives of families with seriously ill children.  
We are currently recruiting hardworking and fun-loving people who understand that a key component of being a well-rounded professional is serving their community. Members will work together and engage others to help raise money, host fundraisers, social and networking events, volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, and of course, wear red shoes. JOIN TODAY!
Save the Date for Our Groundbreaking Gala - March 22
Introducing House Party! Groundbreaking Gala

We are delighted to announce that our 2014 Gala celebration will take place at the Ronald McDonald House on the site of our expansion on Saturday, March 22.  


To purchase tables/tickets, or inquire about House Party! sponsorship opportunities please visit the House Party! web page, or contact Stephanie Spees, events and community relations manager, at or call 650.470.6006.

Volunteer Opportunities in 2014
VOLUNTEERS help make our House a Home!

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of families caring for

critically ill children?   


How you can help.

Consider donating your time and talents in 2014. Volunteers are crucial to the ongoing

successful operation of our House. Each week, over 100 volunteers donate their time and talents in a vast variety of ways. 


Below is a partial listing of volunteer opportunities. Additional opportunities may be available for persons with special skills or talents. To learn more, please visit our volunteer web page.


In-House Volunteer Opportunities:
Additional Volunteer Opportunities:
  • House Warmers (light cleaning and receptionist duties)
  • CLIK Room Volunteer (computer lab)
  • Activity Room Volunteer (playroom)  
  • For Teens
  • For Groups
  • Special Events 

Get started!

The first step in becoming a Ronald McDonald House at Stanford volunteer is to attend a volunteer information session. These sessions are usually offered the third Monday of every month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and include information about the application process and an overview of current volunteer opportunities, plus a brief House tour. Sign up for a session here . 


Good to Know 

Bilingual Spanish/English speaking candidates for all volunteer opportunities are given priority in the application process.


Due to immunological concerns, the minimum age for volunteering in the House is 16 years of age.   


For more information about volunteering, please contact Monica Makela, volunteer services manager at or call 650.470.6028.

Our Mission:
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.

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