Healthcare Roundup—AbbVie announces $100M gift; Melania Trump talks social media

Funding from AbbVie will allow Ronald McDonald House Charities to build 600 new guest sleeping rooms at 32 Ronald McDonald Houses in 26 states, officials announced on Monday. (Ronald McDonald House Charities)

AbbVie announces $100M donation to Ronald McDonald House 

AbbVie—the maker of blockbuster immunosuppressant Humira—will donate $100 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The funding will allow the organization, which provides housing and other family services for pediatric patients, to build more "family-centered" spaces and 600 new guest sleeping rooms at 32 Ronald McDonald Houses in 26 states. The funding will also be used for meals, groceries, laundry services, parking, classrooms, playrooms and education initiatives. It is the largest single donation in Ronald McDonald House Charities history. 

The gift is part of a commitment to provided $350 million in support to charitable causes in 2018. In May, AbbVie announced $50 million donations to Habitat for Humanity International and Direct Relief in Puerto Rico. (Release


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Melania Trump gets a little help from her friends

Health and Human Services Department Secretary Alex Azar was on hand Monday to help First Lady Melania Trump promote her antibullying campaign. 

During remarks at the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention summit in Rockville, Maryland, Azar commended Trump as a "leader" in raising awareness about the problem of cyberbullying, CBS News reported. Trump spoke about the "destructive and harmful" impacts of social media when used incorrectly as part of her "Be Best" campaign. (CBS News article)

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