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  • “Many of the families were many miles away from home and would have been in an almost impossible situation, however, RMHC was there as always,” Mark Mines says of the time he and his wife Lydia spent at the Ronald McDonald House in Tampa when their son was born prematurely. Mark, a McDonald’s Owner/Operator for 16 years, continues to hold the Ronald McDonald House Charities in his heart and created a culture of giving back to the RMHC into his restaurants....

  • Rebecca Hinton was 26 pregnant when doctors diagnosed her baby with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Baby Braxton would need three major open-heart surgeries, the first of which would be immediately after birth. After researching the best options for their unborn child, Rebecca and Cody Morris, were referred to Atlanta for specialized care. “As soon as we walked through the hospital doors, we knew this was the right choice for us.”...

  • “Seeing the families here eat and enjoy the meals we make and show appreciation for it feels great,” says Chef Cory Pagan, who joined the Atlanta RMHC team as assistant culinary manager for the Ronald McDonald House near Scottish Rite....

  • For Ari Parsons, the decision to volunteer with Atlanta RMHC came a year ago when her colleagues at Workday wanted to organize regular volunteering events. As an Atlanta Giving & Doing Leader, Ari took the lead, diving headfirst into ensuring their presence made a meaningful impact every month. Ari was inspired by Atlanta RMHC’s service to families facing the challenges of traveling long distances for their children's medical care....

  • Meet Zach Huang, a rising 11th grade, teen volunteer whose journey at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses, began when he tagged along with his parents to help. Volunteering became Zach's way of helping and connecting with others....

  • “Every day I come to work it means so much to me that I am doing my part in helping families while being a part of this amazing mission, “ Marisa Stout says. Marisa joined the Atlanta RMHC team in February as a manager of special events and community engagement. A Georgia native, she graduated from the University of Georgia then worked a Disney World, Universal Studios and most recently at the Cobb Galleria Centre as senior event coordinator....

  • Meet Taylar Mitchem, the new marketing intern from Kennesaw State University. She is majoring in public relations and loves pickleball and all things crafty, “Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities unwavering commitment to easing the burdens of families with sick children,” inspired Taylar....

  • Meet the Georgia Institute of Technology Volunteers with BME Health Research Meet the Georgia Institute of Technology student volunteers who have been helping at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses since summer 2015. A desire to extend the boundaries of their college education and venture venture beyond textbooks and lecture halls into the realm of real-world impact inspired their volunteering....

  • “With both of my children having to be treated, we thank the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House so much for all the love and the compassion everyone has for my family,” says DaVine Weaver, mom to Justyce, 9, and David, 8. “The Atlanta Ronald McDonald House really helps us with getting used to the changes our family had to adapt to” with Justyce’s cancer, DaVine Weaver says. “It provides us with a safe space to unwind for the whole stay.”...

  • “They are always there to give a nice greeting and are full of joy," says Nick Colley of the Atlanta Ronald McDonald Family Room staff, Mekayla Davis and Andrea Pruitt. The Colley family from Roswell has found comfort in the Family Room at Scottish Rite after Nick, 10, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in July 2023. He is being treated in the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta....

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