"Adopt the Families of Florence" - Ronald McDonald Foundation - € 25,000
The UniCredit Foundation stands by the Ronald McDonald Foundation to provide support to the caregivers of young patients being treated at Meyer Children's Hospital
We keep family close when treatment is far away. Having to face the illness of one's own child is a particularly difficult time for the entire family. Beyond the physical suffering caused by the disease, there is also the psychological suffering, which affects the cognitive, emotional, and relational state of all those involved.
A child's illness is an event that requires a family to completely reorganize. Young patients find themselves facing a traumatic journey, starting first with diagnosis, then with hospitalization.
This leads to greater social isolation, distance from the family, and, in some cases, young patients find themselves suddenly losing out on their education and
opportunities to see their classmates.
This is why the Ronald McDonald Children's Foundation Italy was created. The Ronald McDonald House in Florence was opened on March 8, 2013, near the Meyer Pediatric Hospital. The two facilities work together through an agreement between the Foundation, the Hospital and the University of Florence, which owns the building provided to the Foundation through a free 30-year loan.
The Meyer Hospital is a highly specialized pediatric hospital and a national reference center for complex pediatric treatments; it has 250 beds for a range of specialties and offers all medical and surgical specialties in the pediatric field.
The hospital is located in the foothills near Florence, on a lot that expands over 351,667 ft2 with 53,819 ft2 of green space on the terraces and roof. It is surrounded by
a park that is 775,001 ft2. The Ronald McDonald House in Florence occupies a renovated eighteenth-century farmhouse that was fully restored under the supervision
of the Soprintendenza per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (Office for Cultural Heritage and Activities), an authority of the Italian Ministry of Culture.
It hosts families from Italy and abroad who come to the Meyer Hospital for specific treatments. Since it opened, the Ronald McDonald House in Florence has hosted more than 2,300 people who stay for an average of 19 days.
The Partner - Ronald McDonald Children's Foundation Italy
The Italian subsidiary of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), the Foundation is an international non-profit organization that, since 1974, has been standing by families living through the dramatic experience of having a child in the hospital. They are supported so that they can access the hospital care necessary for their child, even when they are far from home. Because a united family is the first form of care.