Keeping Families Close

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If your child was seriously injured or ill, what lengths would you go to in the pursuit of helping him/her regain health? Would you seek the best medical providers? Of course. Would you travel long distances to access specialized treatment? Most likely. Would you pay whatever it cost?

This last question might be an easy ‘yes’ for some, but for many families faced with financial hardships, it’s a tough one to confront. The problem isn’t about putting a price on the health of a sick child, but about how to manage that cost with the added financial burden of housing, food, transportation, childcare, and lost work income as a result of long-term specialized care at a hospital hours away.

The sad truth in northern Arizona is that many families who are living at the lower end of the income distribution and who already struggle to meet their basic needs face impossible decisions when their child experiences a severe medical crisis.

Acknowledging that distance and transportation to specialized care in the Phoenix metropolitan area can be barriers to pediatric services, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona (RMHC) has been working to increase access for families since 1985. A Ronald McDonald House provides a “home-away-from-home” so families can be close to their hospitalized child at little to no cost.

As a recipient of a Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation grant in 2018, RMHC is on track to serve roughly 500 families from Apache, Coconino, Mohave, Navajo, and Yavapai counties through their Help-A-Family Program. During the first six months of their Foundation award, they had already hosted 200 families in need.

In partnership with RMHC, we are making it possible for families to stay together during some of the most stressful times in their lives and focus on what matters most, the health of their child. More than that, initiatives like Help-A-Family move us closer towards a vision where no family ever has to ask whether or not they can afford the life-saving measures for the ones they love.

If you are interested in learning more about RMHC or purpose-driven charitable giving, please contact Matt Brasmer by calling 928.213.6538 or emailing or visit our website

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