Providing a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children
Give a parent one wish, and chances are they would ask for health and happiness for their children. But that's not always possible. Fortunately, there's the Ronald McDonald House of Knoxville, a temporary home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals. Each month, we have over 20 different illnesses that bring families to us, including cancer, premature birth, respiratory problems, various surgeries, and emergency care.
Families may stay as long as their child is hospitalized. Our longest continuous stay was 23 months. Many families have numerous visits over a several year period. One Virginia family has stayed with us 53 times over a 15-year period. Families are welcome to stay as long as their child is receiving medical treatment and they obey the house rules. Families are asked for a donation of $5 per night for a room. If this is prohibitive, then the fee is waived. No questions asked. A "family" may be any support person needed to help those through trying times. Grandparents, friends and even siblings of the sick child are all welcome to stay.
Day Use Program
Often times even though families qualify to stay here, they are not comfortable being away from their child for extended periods of time. Therefore, we offer a free service called day use, which is arranged through the hospital. Family members have full access to the same benefits as our overnight guests during the child’s hospitalization, typically needing access to our food and laundry facilities.
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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville
1705 W. Clinch Ave. • Knoxville, TN 37916
Phone: (865) 637-7475 • Fax: (865) 525-7942