You CAN make a difference!
Thanks to YOUR generosity, RMHD continues to provide a "home-away-from-home" for thousands of children with cancer or other serious illnesses and their families. Since 1981, the House has been a pillar of support serving approximately 410,000 guests from 65 out of 67 Pennsylvania counties, 34 other states and 27 countries. Your willingness to help critically ill children as they face a life altering crisis makes all the difference. Their fears are eased by the comfort of having their family close by. Because of YOU we can enrich their lives and improve health outcomes simply by keeping families near the care they need, when they need it the most.
The Ronald McDonald House of Danville Programs -
The House That Love Built
The House offers a comforting environment where families have the support of volunteers, staff and fellow house guests. Shared experiences and a sympathetic ear are often a lifeline when times are uncertain. Open seven days a week, the House features 17 guests rooms, two efficiency apartments, kitchen, dining area, TV rooms, playroom, laundry room and sunroom. The backyard includes a modern playground, patio and gazebo that invites parents and their children to enjoy the outdoors. Whether a short or long stay, the House is a place to relax and be together as a family during a time of great uncertainty.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room
The Ronald McDonald House of Danville extends its support through the operation of a Family Room located within the Geisinger Janet Weis Children's Hospital. Just steps away from a child's bedside, the Family Room is a haven that offers the familiar comforts of home for families with critically ill children. Too often caretakers ignore their own health and well-being while tending to their child. For this reason, the Family Room was designed to give families a stress-free environment to relax and regroup.
The Family Room features a kitchen, living room, a secluded area for private conversation, a place for napping and two sleep rooms with a full bathroom and shower. The purpose and design of the Family Room addresses the basic and unexpected needs of families in crisis.
Since 1983, the Ronald McDonald House of Danville has provided a summer camp for children diagnosed with cancer. The weeklong program each July is open to 5 to 18 year old cancer patients; a 24-hour program invites 4 and 5 year olds who have not completed kindergarten. Every patient camper is encouraged to bring one sibling along to attend camp. There is no charge to the families.
Camp Victory in Millville, a partner of Camp Dost, is a perfect setting for youngsters to free themselves of the thoughts of medical treatments, hospital rooms, and the physical and mental challenges of fighting cancer. This was the seminal idea for the creation of Camp Dost - a magical place where children can rebuild their confidence, regain a sense of independence, and enjoy the friendship of others who share their experience.
Camp Dost has all the amenities of the best summer camps such as swimming, archery, arts and crafts, fishing, paddle boats, zip lines, rock climbing and more. What sets it apart from all others is the centrally located "Med Shed" on the Camp's grounds and volunteers.
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