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Olivia Donnelly's Family

A mother’s love can make a heart dance. Born with a serious heart condition, Olivia needed heart surgery to save her life just days after her birth. During a month-long hospital stay, her mom and dad stayed by her side at Ronald McDonald House.
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May Volunteer of the Month – Melanie Ley

For more than 40 years, Joe Hobein has provided a lush and beautiful garden sanctuary at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana – an oasis of calm for thousands of families, volunteers, staff, and visitors alike.

Olivia Donnelly’s Family

A mother’s love can make a heart dance. Born with a serious heart condition, Olivia needed heart surgery to save her life just days after her birth. During a month-long hospital stay, her mom and dad stayed by her side at Ronald McDonald House.

April Volunteer of the Month – Joe Hobein

For more than 40 years, Joe Hobein has provided a lush and beautiful garden sanctuary at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana – an oasis of calm for thousands of families, volunteers, staff, and visitors alike.

COVID-19 Update: How You Can Help Families

As we navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where families with hospitalized children can get better together. Learn how you can help.

February Volunteers of the Month – Joe and Sandy Bard

Meet our volunteers! Each month, we’ll be highlighting a stand-out volunteer (or two) and how they support families. For February, meet Sandy and Joe Bard, who volunteer at both a Ronald McDonald House and a Family Room.

Emily Cepkauskas’ Family

When Emily was just three months old, she had her first open heart surgery. “It meant the world to us that I was able to stay so close to her,” her mom, Laurie, said. “Thanks to Ronald McDonald House, Emily was never alone.”

Everly Backe’s Family

A few weeks before Everly Backe entered the world, her parents learned she would be born with a congenital heart defect. Within three days of her birth, Everly had open-heart surgery. It was the first of three she’d undergo before her first birthday.

January Volunteer of the Month – Bob Colvin

Meet our volunteers! Each month, we’ll be highlighting a stand-out volunteer (or two) and how they support families. For January, meet Bob Colvin, who has been volunteering at our Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s since 2017.

Welcome New Vice President of Development Jeff Hammock

We are pleased to announce that new Vice President of Development Jeff Hammock will succeed Jim De Maria beginning on January 7. After an intensive three-month search process, we are fortunate to bring Jeff and his authentic, collaborative, and mission-focused style to our incredibly talented team.