Helping Parents Care for Their Hospitalized Child

Jim Kuden

Jim Kuden wanted to create a legacy from what he'd built over the years. This desire led him to support the House and the families we help.

Over the past 60 years, Jim Kuden developed a successful real estate business. He bought and sold many properties, and continues to be an active investor today. Jim reached a point in life where he wanted to consider his lasting impact and create a legacy from what he'd built. So, he looked for a charity that would allow his estate to benefit others.

Jim looked closely at the San Diego Ronald McDonald House because of our mission and low operating costs ratio. We invited him for what he recalls as a "whirlwind tour." On his visit, Jim saw families enjoying meals together in our spacious dining room while children let off steam in the large play yard. He watched parents relaxing with a cup of coffee, and others washing clothes in the tidy laundry rooms.

Most important to Jim was recognizing that moms and dads at our Ronald McDonald House were right across the street from the hospital. He was pleased that, "Parents are available anytime to cross the street and soothe their child."

Jim Kuden and Jeanie Caldwell

Jeanie Caldwell and Jim Kuden were honored with other Charter Members of the Many Hearts Legacy Society at Petco Park.

Though our 56 overnight guest suites are occupied every night, thousands more families visit the House each year for day services. These include nap rooms, spa showers and so much more—free of charge.

To Jim, the House relieved parents of as much pressure and responsibility as possible so they could focus on helping their child get well. "You guys didn't leave anything out!" he remarked.

"Parents are available anytime to cross the street and soothe their child."

Jim joined our Many Hearts Legacy Society as a Charter Member to continue this relief for families. Because Jim has named Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego in his estate, more parents will be able to stay close to their hospitalized child and focus on their healing. We're deeply grateful for Jim's choice to care for families in this way.

What You Can Do

If you'd like to become a Many Hearts Legacy Society Charter Member, we'd be honored to have you! Charter Membership closes Oct. 15. If you have questions about joining, please contact Charles Day at or 858-598-2420.

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