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Our Hero, Dr. Evans

February 9th, 2012

On Tuesday, February 7th the Lower School had the honor of a visit from Dr. Audrey Evans. Dr. Evans had the idea to open the very first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia nearly forty years ago! Many families travel miles from home to seek care for their seriously ill children. For young ones facing a serious medical crisis, nothing seems scarier than not having their loved ones close by for love and support. The Ronald McDonald House program provides a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. Today there are more than 305 Ronald McDonald Houses across 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.

During the month of February, every Lower School student is participating in the Read for Ronald program, a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House. Last year our Lower School students had 100% participation in this very important fundraiser! Dr. Evans asked our students for ideas of how to make a house feel like a home, and every Lower School student wrote letters to her sharing their ideas.