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His Holiness The Dalai Lama To Bless Seriously Ill Children At Ronald Mcdonald House At Stanford In October
Special Guest to Bring Healing Words to Children and Families

Palo Alto, CA, March 1, 2010 — While staying at Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, children with life-threatening illnesses are often treated to special activities. However, this October, the children and their families will receive a unique, life-affirming experience, as His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, will visit the House to bring much-needed words of healing, hope and encouragement.

In partnership with The Forgotten International, a nonprofit organization helping people in extreme poverty, Ronald McDonald House will welcome the Dalai Lama for a private gathering in the House�s Great Room in mid-October, in conjunction with a planned appearance at Stanford University. During his visit, the Dalai Lama will exchange gifts and stories with children who have traveled from homes across the world to seek life-saving medical treatment at Lucile Packard Children�s Hospital.

Known as the place �where hope has a home,� Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is designing this visit as an intimate occasion for His Holiness to interact with the children informally.

�We are truly grateful to the Dalai Lama and the efforts of The Forgotten International to create this unique experience,� said Honey Meir-Levi, executive director, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. �The visit is an extraordinary honor, one that will have a profound impact on the hope and courage of children and their families.�

The Dalai Lama�s visit will take place in mid-October. For more information, please visit www.ronaldhouse.net or contact Clare Maloney at 650.470.6036 or clare@rmhstanford.org" .

About Ronald McDonald House at Stanford
Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home-away-from-home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals. The House can accommodate 47 families per night and features a communal kitchen and dining room, Children�s Activity Room, Teen Recreation Center, Computer Center, family library, and fitness center, in addition to a selection of program offerings that promote a sense of normalcy for each member of the family.

About The Forgotten International
The Forgotten International is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, working to bring hope and help primarily to women and children living in extreme poverty within the United States and around the world. They help the poorest people in our global community to break the cycle of poverty by supporting local schools and grassroots organizations that provide educational resources, community services and basic healthcare. For more information, visit www.theforgottenintl.org.

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