Our History

Ronald McDonald House co-founders Audrey Evans and Jimmy Murray in 1974

In 1974, the Ronald McDonald House was founded with a simple but meaningful goal: to create a home away from home for families traveling to Philadelphia for pediatric care.

It all started with a seven-bedroom house following Dr. Audrey Evans’ vision, which was made possible thanks to the help of the Philadelphia Eagles, Eagles Fly for Leukemia, Elkman Advertising, and McDonald’s. Now, 50 years later, our organization offers seven distinct programs in Philadelphia, and there are programs in over 62 countries and regions around the world.

We are proud of our legacy as the first Ronald McDonald House in the world, and as a leader in providing access to healthcare for families with sick children. We look forward to continuing our evolution to provide even more support for families.

RMHC Philly timeline over 50 years