The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House® (LARMH) is located two blocks from Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). Families travel from around the world to bring their children to CHLA for its world renowned treatment of pediatric cancer and bone marrow transplants. The LARMH provides these families with inexpensive, and often free, lodging close to their child's place of treatment. The House also serves as a haven of hope where families can share experiences and offer comfort to each other.
In 2008 the LARMH expanded its services, opening a new building adjacent to the original facility. In total, the LARMH can serve 75 families per night.
A unique feature of the LARMH is the long-term housing wing that was designed to meet the special needs of bone-marrow transplant patients. Treatment for these patients requires an extensive hospital stay, anywhere from two to eight months, and the apartment-style wing provides an atmosphere that feels more like home. Each apartment includes a bedroom, living room and kitchenette. Because transplant patients are highly susceptible to infections, the units also have individual ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Since its founding in 1980, the LARMH has welcomed more than 20,000 families from more than 40 countries.
For more information visit www.larmh.org