The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for an expansion project that has been 10 years in the making.
The ceremony marks the completion of five new buildings around a courtyard that house 24 guest rooms, including long-term suites and apartments for bone-marrow transplant patients. The 1-acre courtyard has gardens, meditation areas, two playgrounds and a patio for outdoor dining.
The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill opened in 1988 to provide lodging and support for families of children receiving treatment at area hospitals, most at N.C. Children’s Hospital. Last year, it served more than 2,200 families but had to turn away another 800 because of lack of space. The $7.6 million expansion doubles the center’s capacity.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Ronald McDonald House on Old Mason Farm Road, just off Forham Boulevard.