WINFIELD – The Chicago area's fifth Ronald McDonald House will open Feb. 14, 2015, in Winfield, after the Village Board approved plans to build the house across the street from Central DuPage Hospital (CDH).
A unanimous vote by village trustees to grant the special use request was met by applause at a board meeting Nov. 21.
"Welcome to Winfield, Ronald McDonald House," Village President Erik Spande said.
For families who are used to driving long distances or living in hotels while their children receive treatment, Ronald McDonald houses provide a “home away from home” close to their loved ones.
The Ronald McDonald House near Cadence Health – CDH Campus will be the first built outside of Cook County in the Chicago region.
It will serve the families of pediatric patients who live at least 10 miles from the facility where their children are receiving treatment.
While many patient families are expected to come from CDH, Delnor Hospital in Geneva and the CDH Cancer Center and CDH Proton Center in Warrenville, families from other facilities will be able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House as well, said Chris Hensley, president of the Cadence Health Foundation, which is leading fundraising efforts for the home.
Pediatric patients receiving proton therapy at the CDH Proton Center will live at the house with their families because the therapy is an outpatient treatment.
The 19,000-square-foot home will include 12 private bedrooms and bathrooms, a communal living room, a kitchen, a dining room, laundry facilities, staff living quarters and recreational spaces, such as a fitness center, a team game room and a kids' game room.
"The Ronald House is just going to make a tremendous difference in the lives of so many people," Hensley said.
The future site of the Ronald McDonald House at 0N150 Winfield Road is zoned for "general services," and under the Winfield Zoning Ordinance, all uses in the area that are new developments or additions to current structures require special use approval, according to village records.
The special use request was previously heard by the village's Plan Commission, which unanimously recommended approval.
"This is a great day for Winfield," Spande said.
A groundbreaking for the Ronald McDonald House will take place March 18, 2014.
Next steps include continuing to fundraise for the house, which is expected to cost $6.25 million to build.
The Cadence Health Foundation has committted to raising $5 million of the construction costs, as well as another $1 million to cover the house’s operating costs for the first three years. Ronald McDonald House Charities will raise the rest.
The Foundation has already collected more than $3 million, Hensley said. Much of that has come from commitments from the Central DuPage Hospital Auxiliary, a group of hospital volunteers who help with fundraising efforts, and from the Topfer Family Foundation.
"The community's generosity thus far has been amazing, and we look forward to continuing to engage the community in our fundraising efforts to fully fund the house," Hensley said.
How to help
Visit www.cadencehealth.org/Giving/Donate-Now.aspx to support the Ronald McDonald House near Cadence Health – CDH Campus.