we launched the OurRebekah website we put Google
Analytics tracking into each and every page.
Amazingly we have had visitors
from 144 different towns and cities in 21 different
countries of he world check us out.
The USA, behind the UK, is our
second largest visitor. Looking at where these
friends come from Google Analytics list towns where
every one has a Ronald McDonald House.
Why these people visit our website and come back on
a regular basis can only be guessed at. It would be
nice if hey were looking at what we are doing and
pinching ideas but who knows.
One town which is not on Google's
list is Nashville, Tennessee, sometimes called The
Music City. So why is Ronald McDonald House
Nashville Tennessee here within OurRebekah ?
any of the pictures on this page and listen to the
music. Do you recognise it ? It's The
Tennessee Waltz. David dropped a random CD into the
car player and this was the first track.
When he got home he wondered if
there were Ronald McDonald Houses in the American
state of Tennessee. A quick Internet search revealed
there are three. Purely out of curiosity David
decided to check them out. He loves music so Music
City was his first place to check, he then intended
to look at houses in Noxville and Johnson City but
he got no further than Nashville, the state city of
Click the map below and visit
Ronald McDonald House in Nashville Tennessee.
that a great website ?
Clean, easy to navigate, packed with information -
the information people want and need to know and NOT
constantly in your face begging for donations.
There is a lot to be learned from that website.
Check this picture out. Look at the fireplace, look
what is hanging above it.
THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT LOVE BUILT, almost the
wording that Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham
If you spend some time in the website you will see
that love not only built the house but RUNS it.
When it asks for volunteers it explains many
different ways people can give their time at the
house. You can cook meals for families. There is
something for everyone to do, something for everyone
to take love into the house.
David now has an ambition to one day go to Nashville
and cook a BRITISH meal for families. Perhaps Roast
Beef and Yorkshire Pudding. Perhaps Bangers and
For now David has a much more simple and easy way
for OurRebekah to support, remember support does not
have to mean money, this lovely house. But first
let's find out a bit more about Ronald McDonald
House in Nashville Tennessee.
1973, Philadelphia Eagles football player, Fred
Hill, and his wife, Fran, learned that their
daughter, Kim, had leukemia. While traveling into
Philadelphia for treatment at the Children’s
Hospital, they met other families with sick children
in the same situation. These families drove hours to
the hospital to be with their children, only to
sleep overnight in waiting room chairs and to eat
from vending machines because they had nowhere else
After discussing the need for a place to stay for
families, their daughter’s doctor, Dr. Audrey Evans,
head of the pediatric oncology unit at Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia, shared her dream of a
comfortable temporary residence for families of
children being treated at her hospital.
Fred rallied the support of his Eagles teammates to
raise funds. Through Jim Murray, the Eagles’ general
manager, the team offered its support. Murray
enlisted Don Tuckerman from the local McDonald’s
advertising agency who, with the support of
McDonald’s Regional Manager Ed Rensi, launched the
St. Patrick’s Day Green Milkshake (now known as the
Shamrock Shake) promotion. Funds raised went toward
purchasing an old house located near the hospital.
And thus, the first Ronald McDonald House came to be
in Philadelphia in 1974 – a “home away from home”
for families of ill children. By 1979, 10 more
Houses opened. By 1984, local communities founded 60
then 53 more opened by 1989. Today, more than 326
Ronald McDonald House programs in 30 countries
support families around the world – providing
comfort to more than 10 million families since 1974.
The idea of a Ronald McDonald House in Nashville
came from Dr. John Lukens, the head of the pediatric
oncology department at Vanderbilt Children’s
Hospital after he visited the second Ronald McDonald
House, which was built in Chicago. The dedicated
group who spearheaded the effort to have a House in
Nashville consisted of medical professionals,
members of the McDonald’s restaurant family,
community leaders and families who had experienced
first hand the illness of a child.
The original 16-bedroom Ronald
McDonald House in Nashville opened in July
of 1991 with seed money from the local McDonald’s
owner/operators and donations from corporations,
organizations, individuals and foundations. The
Ronald McDonald House in Nashville was the 142nd
In 1999 the Nashville Ronald McDonald House doubled
in size to provide more room to support more
families who were caring for their sick children.
The expanded Ronald McDonald House is equipped with
32 bedrooms all with private baths (three for the
disabled), a laundry room, pantry, 2 kitchens, and
dining rooms. The House offers families a place to
come together at the end of a long day at the
hospital to receive support and encouragement from
other families in similar situations. Of those 32
bedrooms, three are extended stay suites with
kitchenettes for children who require isolation
(i.e., following bone barrow or heart transplants).
Also included is one short stay room for families
who need a place to get away from the hospital
during the day, but will return home at night. The
Nashville Ronald McDonald House also has a large
family room, teen/game room, children’s playroom and
In February 2004, Ronald McDonald House Charities of
Nashville officially opened Nashville’s first Ronald
McDonald Family Room at the Monroe Carell
Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. This room is
an extension of the Ronald McDonald House where
families and friends of seriously ill children can
enjoy a quiet respite from corridors and waiting
rooms, whether or not they’re staying at the Ronald
The Ronald McDonald Family Room includes a
comfortable seating area, a kitchen stocked with
snacks, a children’s play area, a half bath and the
support of caring staff and volunteers. The Ronald
McDonald Family Room has served more than 300,000
individuals since its opening and averages 2,100
visitors per month.
Since the Nashville Ronald McDonald House first
opened its doors in 1991, more than 14,400 families
from over the U.S. and several foreign countries
have benefited from the services and hospitality
provided by the volunteers and staff of our Ronald
Tennessee is a long way from England but there are
things we can do.
On every single OurRebekah website page there is a
picture of Beck in her hospital bed. Behind her you
can see cards and little messages stuck on the wall.
If the camera could pull back you would see they
stretch all the way to the ceiling.
OurRebekah is all about having fun, doing some
amazing, crazy and often silly things. It is all
about smiling and helping others to smile. As we do
this we will support Ronald McDonald House
Charities as it
puts a loving arm around families with sick children in hospital,
people who are going through some very hard times.
Spend a few moments with
us here, check out our different events then come
and have lots and lots of fun with us.
You are visitor number
to our website. Thank You
for dropping by.
These cards were sent to Beck from students in
Sutter Junior High School in Sacramento California.
IMMEDIATELY we can add Ronald McDonald House
to to our sign a card project. Each time we go to
Sheffield Wednesday we will buy a match-day
programme to send to a football fan in the house.
Yes, our friends in Nashville the word is FOOTBALL
Then perhaps, one day, we may get to
cook those British meals for families and who knows
we may even get to dance The Tennessee Waltz.