“The House lets me know that there is still good in the world.”

When a mystery diagnosis brought Charles and his family far from their Robeson County home, they had no idea what the next few months had in store for them. Their journey began on December 13, 2019 when Charles’ 16-year-old daughter began experiencing unexplained seizures and was admitted to the PICU at UNC Children’s. For months, Charles and his wife lived …

The Cruz Family

The Cruz family has been a huge part of the Ronald McDonald House Family for two years now. Alejandra Cruz was born on April 4,2018 at 26 weeks.Mom, Yaliris, Dad, Enrique, and grandparents, Mildred and Jose, travel to Chapel Hill for Alejandra’s medical treatments. They are from Spring Lake, a small town near Fayetteville, North Carolina.It was not long after …

The Forbis Family

When guests stay at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill (RMH), they become a part of the family—a part of the Ronald McDonald House family. The Forbis Family makes no exception. Brian and Kathleen Forbis have three beautiful children: Logan (8), Mason (4), and Madison (4). Their journey with Ronald McDonald House began in 2012 when Logan was born. …

The Wise Family

The Wise Family has found a “home-away-from-home” at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill not just once, but now twice after the births of their sons, Garrett, now 18 months and Greyson, now 5 months old. “I had just had [baby] Garrett and it was time for me to be discharged and the hospital staff said I had to …

Princess Mia

Over the past three decades, the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill has had many esteemed visitors, but none more special than Princess Mia Ivey. Mia, age four, and her family have found a “home-away-from-home” at RMH as she battles Stage Four High Risk Neuroblastoma. “The House gave us a place to stay during the weeks after Mia’s two stem …

Giving Tuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday…why should you care? By Heather Shanahan, Executive Director First of all, what is it? Surveys show that if you are Gen Z, you have better than a 50/50 chance of knowing about Giving Tuesday. If you are a Baby Boomer, maybe not so much. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 by teams at the 92nd Street Y …

Hanson to the Rescue

The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Lehigh Hanson to support the House’s Cornerstone Project, an ongoing effort to maintain excellent facilities in support of families with a child facing medical crisis. The Lehigh Hanson Cares program grant will allow the House to begin necessary repairs following failures in the HVAC system, plumbing …

A message from Heather Shanahan

Dear Friends, I could not be more excited to be joining the staff of the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, and transitioning my commitment to the House from my current Board role to Executive Director.  We all thank Liz Snyder for her tireless work in implementing structure and policies for the House, opening the doors for new development opportunities, …

Fond farewell and best wishes, Liz!

After two years with the House, Liz Snyder has announced her resignation as Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. Liz will be relocating to Greenville, South Carolina to be the Executive Director of Home Health and Hospice for Prisma Health. Liz led the House through an exciting transition as we settled into our new “normal” with …