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 Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

The need for us to expand is evident in the numbers of families left without secure lodging while their children receive treatment.

Over the past year, we have had to deny families 7,290 nights of lodging due to lack of space

"Ronald McDonald House is a vital part of the healing process for kids and families at Lucile
Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and we rely on the House as an extension of the world-class
care we provide. Supporting the expansion of this wonderful organization will only serve
to create more support for every one of our patient families who enters its doors."

—Christopher G. Dawes, president and chief executive officer of Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

Our NEW FACILITY will be built adjacent to the existing House and will add 52,000 square feet, increasing the number of family rooms from 47 to 123 and allowing us to serve even more children with life-threatening illnesses, and their families.

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At Our House:
  • Families dealing with similar issues create a community of support, advice, and compassion.
  • The House helps families reduce stress and focus on their child’s treatment and recovery.
  • We partner with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and the Palo Alto School District to ensure patients and their siblings can continue their education.

Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is here to ensure that families with children receiving treatment at area hospitals and clinics find a warm and caring place for support throughout their healing process. Our children, who come from all over California, the United States, and around the world, arrive at our House with serious medical conditions. Many are treated for cancer; some are waiting for organ transplants. With their families, they stay an average of 29 days―though many stay much, much longer.