Founder of the First Ronald McDonald House Visits St. Peter’s
February 25th, 2011
On Thursday, February 24 the Lower School had the pleasure of welcoming a very special guest, Dr. Audrey Evans. Dr. Evans was the inspiration for the first Ronald McDonald House! During the month of February, every Lower School student is participating in the Read for Ronald program, a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House. Throughout Dr. Evan’s career she has worked hard to provide each of her patients with the best treatment possible. During her years of patient care she noticed that the patients’ parents often also needed help. She dreamed of providing temporary housing for families while their children received treatment. Dr. Evans and the local McDonald’s restaurant chain established the first Ronald McDonald House in 1974 in Philadelphia. By 1979, ten more Houses had been opened, and today there are 212 Ronald McDonald Houses in 20 countries around the world. Dr. Evans has dedicated her career to helping treat children with cancer. Because of her excellent and compassionate care of sick children and their families and her significant contributions to pediatric cancer research, Dr. Evans has been recognized with many awards. In 1976 she was presented the prestigious Janeway Medal of the American Radium Society. In 1989 her many admirers initiated a drive that established the Audrey E. Evans Chair in Pediatric Oncology at CHOP. In 1994 Dr. Evans shared the National Humanitarian Award with former First Lady Barbara Bush. Dr. Evans was also presented with the Sara Lee Foundation Frontrunner Award in the Humanities in 1995. But, in the end, of all her many honors Dr. Evans has received, she is most rewarded by being able to help her many patients and their parents.