Entries by Jacob Dreyer

Walking with Hannah

Hannah is very bright. She graduated high school when she was 16 years old and enrolled at Pearl River Community College (Poplarville, Miss.) three days later. Her dream is to teach science or art at a school for deaf children. But her journey is more impressive than her destination. Five years ago, Hannah and her […]

Hailey’s Heart

“Hailey is our tough, little bug,” said Tracie, Hailey’s mom. “Nothing is going to stop her – she is going to keep fighting.” Tracie was thrilled when she became pregnant with Hailey. Her anticipation grew with every appointment; she was excited to meet her daughter. There were no complications or indications that anything was out […]

Rachel in Rochester

Rachel was born very premature—at 26 weeks—and spent the first 108 days of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Saint Marys. She has spent a lot of time in Rochester. During that time…the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester has been her home. “We are part of the Ronald McDonald House family,” […]

Medically Complex Maddix

Since seven-year-old Maddix was born, he has battled pneumonia, strep throat, seizures, acid reflux, migraines, apnea, feeding issues, breathing issues, and more. Doctors do not have one diagnosis—they have several. He is medically complex. And that is only part of his story. Maddix was born eight weeks early. When his mom, Tasmah, went into labor, […]

Vision for Robert

19-month-old Robert is the healthiest he has ever been. But it hasn’t always been that way. “When Robert was four months old, we discovered he was having issues—his eyes were cloudy,” said Betty, his mom. The family visited the hospital in Fargo, but immediately received a Mayo Clinic referral, because North Dakota does not currently […]

In His Words: 40 Years

Bill Gormley and his wife, Karlene, are one of the founding families of the Northland House, which was later renamed the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, and is celebrating its 40 years serving children and families…in his own words! When we started the Northland House, our 13-year-old son, Dan, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. […]

House names Bingner next Development Director

The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, is pleased to announce Jamie Bingner as its new Development Director beginning August 24, 2020. As the key staff person responsible for development and implementation of a successful multi-year strategic and comprehensive philanthropy plan, Bingner will lead the development team in its efforts to ensure financial support for […]

Johnson shifts to Resident Caretaker position for House

The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, is pleased to announce that Erin Johnson has accepted the position of Resident Caretaker, effective August 30, 2020. Johnson is a familiar face at the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, joining the Family Services staff three years ago as a House Manager on weekends. In her new role […]

Miracle-Child Luis

First steps. First words. First birthday. First day of school. Kids have many firsts. Very few have first…tumor. “Doctors said I wouldn’t walk again…” said Luis. “…if I lived.” His father, Hector, emigrated from Puerto Rico and lived in Chicago. His mother, Judy, emigrated from Puerto Rico and lived in the Bronx. Both returned to […]

Curious Case of Camilla

Spacing out. Drooling. Odd facial movements. It wasn’t normal, but it wasn’t super concerning. Until it was. “We started noticing seizures—very focal seizures,” said Lindsey, Camilla’s mom. “The first thing I did was call Mayo Clinic—it is the best hospital in the world.” Camilla’s grandfather suffered from a brain tumor and Mayo Clinic treated him, […]