Ronald McDonald House at Cardon Children's Medical Center
The Valley of the Sun will be home to a third Ronald McDonald House, and the first in the East Valley, when a former health care facility on the campus of Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa is converted into a 10,255-square-foot home away from home.
When the $2.1 million renovation, funded primarily through donations, is complete in late 2014, Ronald McDonald House Charities will be able to accommodate up to 79 families a night at its three facilities.
The new facility will feature 16 bedrooms, including three apartments with kitchens for families with children with suppressed immune systems; a community kitchen and dining room; a play area for children and an outdoor area for adults.
Banner Health Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities are working to raise the remaining $1.2 million necessary to complete the building conversion. McDonald’s owner/operators in the Valley have committed to provide some percentage of required operating expenses for the first three years.
“The Ronald McDonald House at Cardon Children’s Medical Center will be a home away from home for our families, providing a level of safety and comfort at an incredibly difficult time in their lives and relieving stress by being with other families facing similar challenges,” said Cardon Children’s Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Rhonda Anderson. “The partnership between Ronald McDonald House and Cardon Children’s Medical Center will be vital in the healing process for the children and their families.”