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Ronald McDonald House set to expand

Pediatric care expansion means more families for charity to help

Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region Jeff Yule, left, and Fran and Fred Hill announce the expansion of the Albany facility on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region Jeff Yule, left, and Fran and Fred Hill announce the expansion of the Albany facility on Thursday, Sept. 13. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

“There are so many good people in this world. It would’ve never happened if it wasn’t for everybody contributing,” Fran Hill said a Thursday’s announcement, struggling to hold back tears. “It’s a great world, isn’t it?”

Pediatric urologist Dr. William Cromie, who helped opened Albany’s Ronald McDonald House, also spoke at the event. He described the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region as a place where “unbelievable things happen.”


“I think about this (house) for a second and it kind of takes my breath away,” Cromie said. “Bonds are made here that last a lifetime.”


Yule said the organizations hopes the project will be completed by next year.

“Let’s keep doing the right thing, and this is certainly the right thing,” Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings said at the event.

The Ronald McDonald House held a 30th Anniversary Homecoming Gala at the Times Union Center on Saturday, Sept. 15. To learn how to donate to the Capital Region chapter’s efforts, www.rmhcofalbany.org.

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