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A message from Heather Shanahan

Dear Friends, I could not be more excited to be joining the staff of the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, and transitioning my commitment to the House from my current Board role to Executive Director.  We all thank Liz Snyder for her tireless work in implementing structure and policies for the House, opening the doors for new development opportunities, …

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Fond farewell and best wishes, Liz!

After two years with the House, Liz Snyder has announced her resignation as Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. Liz will be relocating to Greenville, South Carolina to be the Executive Director of Home Health and Hospice for Prisma Health. Liz led the House through an exciting transition as we settled into our new “normal” with …

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Eldon’s Story

Eldon Self and his mom Patricia have traveled from their home in Leland, North Carolina to the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill nearly 30 times since August 2017. The three-hour car ride has become quite routine for the fourteen-year old — but not as routine as the smiling faces and listening ears that greet him and his mother the …

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Sebastian’s Story

12-year-old Sebastian Gonzalez is being treated at N.C. Children’s Hospital. He and his family are from Costa Rica. Sebastian has desmoplastic small round cell tumor, a rare abdominal cancer. He is being cared for by Dr. Andrea Hayes-Jordan, one of the few doctors in the world specialized in treating this disease. While in North Carolina, Sebastian and his family are …

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2018 WCHL People’s Choice Awards—Best Overnight Stay

We were honored to be voted “Best Overnight Stay” in the 2018 WCHL People’s Choice Awards. In 2017 alone, families from all over North Carolina and beyond stayed at the House for nearly 12,000 nights. Families come to our House during their most challenging hours. What makes this award so special to us is that YOU made it happen. Our …

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Remembering Woody

It is with heavy hearts that we received the news longtime friend of the House, Woody Durham, passed away early this morning. Our thoughts immediately go to his wife Jean and how she is doing. Second, we think of the lasting legacy Woody leaves not only on Carolina and Chapel Hill, but on the entire state through his longtime commitment …

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Carolina Love: Three’s a Crowd, Six is Family

Some say three’s a crowd, but AJ and Jessie Smith of Wilmington, North Carolina believe six is a family. On July 25, triplets Bailey, Lainey and Ruby joined their big siblings Chloe (7), Finn (4) and Huxley (2). “We were supposed to have a 9:30 am surgery and got bumped by emergency c-sections all day,” Jessie said. “They all came …

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Ronald McDonald House Announces New Executive Director

NEWS RELEASE Release Date: 9/28/17 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Ronald McDonald House is excited to announce Liz Snyder as its new executive director. A nationwide search to fill the position followed the announcement that current director, Shelley Day, would retire in September after 21 years of service to the House. Originally from New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, Snyder joins the House with a …

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Carolina Love: “Our Family Helping Other Families!”

Everything Melissa and Brian Mart do is motivated by family. From relocating to North Carolina and starting their own business, to getting involved with the Families Helping Families program at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, along with their seven-year-old daughter Payton. In an effort to be closer to family, the Marts moved to North Carolina, first living in …

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Carolina Love: “The Funniest Little Boy in the Whole Entire World!”

Ethan Stone was born at 36 weeks on April 4, 2015 in Wilmington, North Carolina. And his mother, Jerianne, would receive her first mother’s day gift at the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill just one month later. “I got lucky, Ethan’s birthstone is a diamond.” Ethan has a G tube, a tracheostomy tube, a cleft palate, a congenital heart …