Chicago-based biopharmaceutical firm AbbVie has announced a $100 million commitment to Ronald McDonald House Charities to provide essential support, including housing, meals, and education, for hospitalized children and their families.
The largest single donation in the history of both AbbVie and RMHC will be used to build family-centered spaces and more than six hundred new guest sleeping rooms in at least at thirty-two Ronald McDonald Houses in twenty-six states, making possible an additional two hundred and thirty thousand overnight stays for pediatric patients and their families annually. The funds also will be used to enhance services that support each family's journey through the care of their child, including meals, groceries, laundry services, parking, classrooms, playrooms, and family-centered spaces and education initiatives.
"While RMHC serves millions of children and their families each year, we know that we only serve a small percentage of pediatric patients' families who need our services," said Sheila Musolino, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities. "This extraordinary gift from AbbVie will move us closer to meeting that unmet need."
The commitment is part of AbbVie's 2018 pledge to provide an additional $350 million to charity, which includes gifts of $50 million each to Habitat for Humanity International and Direct Relief in support of disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
"Having a child with a serious illness is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can face," said Laura Schumacher, AbbVie's executive vice president of external affairs, general counsel, and corporate secretary. "Our donation is grounded in the shared belief that families should have the necessary resources to care for a hospitalized child, along with the support to strengthen their well-being and resiliency during a challenging time."