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Obituary: Kim Hill, 44, whose fight with leukemia led to first Ronald McDonald House

The McDonald's owners then offered to donate all the profits on the condition that the house be named the Ronald McDonald House.

By the time the first Ronald McDonald House opened, in Philadelphia in 1974, the Hills had moved to California.

Today, there are 302 Ronald McDonald Houses serving families in 30 countries and regions.

"I didn't enjoy being sick," Kim Hill told reporters in 1982. "But if I wasn't sick, all of this might not have happened."

Kim Hill, who was born Aug. 11, 1966, in Orange, had a typically active childhood after overcoming leukemia.

After the family moved to San Juan Capistrano, Calif., in 1977, she rode horses with her two sisters. And she sang in the choir and ran cross-country at Capistrano Valley High School.

After graduating in 1984, she studied cosmetology. When her father, who sold medical supplies, opened a McDonald's in nearby Mission Viejo in 1987, she went to work there.

That same year, Kim's son, Andrew, was born.

In 1991, a CT scan revealed she had two tumors between her brain and her skull. She underwent five operations over the next 11 years.

In addition to her parents and son, Ms. Hill is survived by two sisters.

- Los Angeles Times


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