While the house only had seven rooms, it was a dream come true and the start of something much bigger.
“The Philadelphia Eagles started everything, and now there are 365 houses in 63 countries on six continents,” Hill says. “It’s unbelievable because they’re needed so badly. They’re all over the world, and it all started in Philadelphia.”
Kim Hill thankfully was able to see the impact her experience had on the world. She outlived her doctor’s original estimates by over 40 years before passing away in 2011 at the age of 44 from brain tumors her father says were caused by the radiation she received when she was 3.
“Kim said, ‘I didn’t like being sick, but in a way I’m kind of glad I did get sick because through all my suffering, a great thing has come from it,’” Hill says.
Today, the Eagles and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House still work hand in hand through the Eagles Care partner program. Additionally, for one week each March, Philadelphia-area McDonald’s locations continue to donate a portion of the proceeds from every Shamrock Shake sold to the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.
Kim Hill and the legacy she left behind continue to live on.
“It’s the spiritual Super Bowl of the Eagles. You can’t underestimate the power of prayer and good people,” Murray says. “I think it defines Philadelphia, defines the Eagles, and it defines how good people’s hearts are.
“All the people that were involved, they became part of the history of the house. Everybody likes statistics, but to me if you help one child that’s a miracle. This just shows that when people work together, they can change lives – not just change lives, but save lives.”