Room of Hope
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History of Albany‘s House That Love Built®

The idea to open a Ronald McDonald House was brought to Albany by Dr. William Cromie, who came to Albany Medical Center as head of Pediatric Urology in 1979. Dr. Cromie had served in the Pediatric Urology department at Philadelphia Children’s Hospital from 1975-1979 – the formative stage of the first Ronald McDonald House which opened in Philadelphia in 1974. During his tenure in Philadelphia, he witnessed first hand, the help the Ronald House provided families coping with the illness of a child.

In June of 1980, a meeting was held in the boardroom at the Albany Medical Center to discuss a possible Ronald McDonald House. Dr. Cromie, Albany Medical Center officials, McDonald’s owner / operators, members of the Albany Junior League and concerned citizens attended the meeting. It was at this meeting that the seed for the Albany Ronald McDonald House was planted.

Hundreds of volunteers working shoulder-to-shoulder, logging endless hours, to ensure that the dream of a Ronald House in Albany became a reality, marked the ensuing two years. Their efforts paid off, and on June 30, 1982, the Albany Ronald McDonald House opened its doors to its first guests, becoming the 35th Ronald McDonald House. Today there are over 240 worldwide.

Six years later, in 1988, it became apparent that the facilities at 139 S. Lake, with only six bedrooms, was inadequate to meet the overwhelming need. Our Board of Directors voted to purchase the house next door, 137 South Lake Avenue, and began renovations to join the two houses as one. The slow, difficult renovations taxed resources and required tremendous community support. In June of 1989, the two houses officially became one, more than doubling the capacity to sixteen bedrooms.

Since Ronald McDonald House opened its doors in 1982, there have been over 14,000 visits with families from 37 New York counties, 38 states, and 29 countries.

The Let Hope Live Foundation has worked with the Albany Ronald McDonald House since the year 2000. The purchase of the much needed new home next door is an opportunity to help more families and children know HOPE.
Your generours donation will provide a place families can spend the night. With your help- both happy and hopeful.

Please send your donation for a Room of Hope to:
Let Hope Live
9 Duncan Lane - Troy, NY 12180
or use the PayPal option online
All donations are tax deductable as allowed by law
Let Hope Live is a 501(3)c non-profit organization

Don't forget to check back as the room (and house!) develops!

More about the expansion: The $2 million expansion, being kicked off with the imminent purchase of a third house next to the charity’s two connected homes, will add nine direly needed bedrooms to the current 16-bedroom capacity, said Jeff Yule, the Ronald McDonald House’s executive director. The facility is invariably full, Yule said, noting that each night an average of four families are on the waiting list for a bedroom at the house. The average stay is 11 days, but one current family, the Nooris, have been in residence since November, when son Baheer, now 6, was diagnosed with leukemia. They are expected to live there for at least a year, said Yule. Housing costs the facility about $80 per family per night, though neither the families nor their insurance (if they have it) are ever charged.