History

Keeping Families Close®

More often than not, a child who is diagnosed with a serious disease lives far from the hospital and their care. This creates an especially stressful situation for parents while they cope not only with a seriously ill child, but also with the burden of being away from home. The Ronald McDonald House is a home for these families.  Our House gives them a place where they can break away from the hospital, yet be available at a moment’s notice.

1977

When Mike Malone was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, his family was forced to take frequent trips to San Antonio for long treatment stays. That’s when he witnessed first-hand the difficulties that come along with receiving medical services in a city where you had no home.

1983

Mike made it his mission to find a place for families that could be a home away from home, a way to lessen the day to day problems that his family suffered while he received treatment. Unfortunately, Mike’s journey was cut short, but his mother and the San Antonio community joined together to keep his vision alive and broke ground on the first Ronald McDonald House.

1998

Our second Ronald McDonald House® opened in San Antonio, to expand our services and help more families.

2002

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Antonio became the first Ronald McDonald House in the world to open inside a hospital when services began within the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

2019

Our newest and largest House opened in the South Texas Medical Center with a wing specifically dedicated to children with organ and tissue transplants.

Today

Today, Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Antonio serves 4,600 seriously ill children and their family members every year. We have saved our families over $2.1 million in expenses that they would otherwise incur while seeking medical services for their children.