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Dr. Audrey Evans:
A Woman Who Cared

“When you care for others, it’s infectious and it can spread to create change and extraordinary impact.”

Those inspiring words from Dr. Audrey Evans, co-founder of the first Ronald McDonald House, perfectly capture what Ronald McDonald House Charities is all about!

As a pediatric oncologist, Dr. Evans was a renowned figure in the world of childhood cancer. She also insightfully knew that “a family with a sick child is a sick family,” and she built a robust care model around this strongly held belief.

When a child is seriously ill or injured, the only thing a family should have to worry about is getting them the care they need. Each year, millions of families are faced with uncertainty when they must travel for the medical care their child needs. Where will they stay? How will they pay for it?

Dr Evans with a child

Dr. Evans’ envisioned a place for parents to stay close to the hospital while their seriously ill children were being treated. This vision helped build the first Ronald McDonald House. At the House, families could stay together, near the hospital, and be fully supported during the most difficult times of their lives.

That House served as a model for the care and support RMHC still delivers today across the globe. Services have expanded to include RMHC-affiliated programs in more than 60 countries and regions, focused on providing essential services that help remove barriers, strengthen families, and promote healing when children need healthcare.

Dr. Evans would have turned 99 on March 6, 2024. Though she passed away in 2022, we continue celebrate the extraordinary vision she shared, and her lifetime commitment to care. And we celebrate her legacy and impact every month, remaining forever grateful!

In honor of her lifetime of caring – please consider a donation to show your care for RMHC families too.

Bookmark rmhc.org/Our History for monthly stories of RMHC impact since 1974.