Entries by Jacob Dreyer

Why I Volunteer

Volunteer Nina reflected on her 22 years at the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota…in her own words! I volunteer because I sincerely believe in the mission of the House. We provide a home away from home for families undergoing terrific worry and stress while hoping to get help for their seriously ill children. That’s […]

Record-Setting Elena

Megan and Jon were told it would be at least six to 12 weeks before they would be able to take their daughter home from the hospital. But Elena had other ideas. “Elena is doing very well,” said Megan. “Nurses said she was trying to set records.” “We know families who have been here for […]

Sadie’s Smile

Ever since Sadie was a baby, she had respiratory issues related to swallowing difficulties. But, because of the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota…she never stopped smiling. “Sadie is excited when we leave for Rochester,” said Sherry, Sadie’s mom. “Because it’s not about the clinic—it’s about the Ronald McDonald House. She associates the House with […]

You Can’t Spell Special Without P

As Mandy looked at her son, Preston, she said, “P is just special…all the way around.” “Preston came into the world 10 days early—with the biggest brown eyes—and stole everyone’s heart,” Mandy said. “He’s the sweetest little boy, but tough and fiercely independent. He does things to the music of his own anthem.” As three-year-old […]

Greyson’s Waiting Game

We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Reeanne and Ridge, family and friends, as 21-month-old Greyson passed away on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at the Belcourt Hospital in Belcourt, N.D. His life was far too short, but his spirit will be with us forever. Some people say the hardest thing to do in […]

McGuire added to House leadership as Operations Director

Following a comprehensive search process, the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, added Jammie McGuire to its leadership team as Operations Director. McGuire started at the House on Tuesday, Sept. 3. McGuire brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the House, after serving the past 19 years at two separate Rochester nonprofit organizations. She […]

Endicott added to Ronald McDonald House staff

Following a comprehensive search process, the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, named Emma Endicott as its new Family Services Manager. As Family Services Manager, Endicott will work closely with the Family Services Director to ensure that guest families have a safe and comfortable stay at the House, fostering an atmosphere of hospitality and a […]

Josiah’s 3,000-Mile Journey

It’s hard to be away from home. It’s even harder when home is far away. Zuren and Josiah are from the small island of Trinidad. It is home to 1.27 million people and is 1,833 square miles—2.33 million people and 4,531 square miles less than the Twin Cities. But it is home. “I am originally […]

Enduring Eli

The definition of endure is to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding. Another definition of endure is Eli. “Eli amazes me,” said Samantha, Eli’s mom. “He has been so strong and brave.” “Eli is resilient,” said Jason, Eli’s dad. “He handled it better than any of us.” It was a typical day, as […]

Strong in Every Sense of the Word

The Strong family didn’t know what was wrong with Ethan, but they knew something was wrong. “He wasn’t eating, his eyes were sunken in and he was always in pain from arthritis,” said Anna, his mother. “He is tough to summarize because he’s undiagnosed.” The nature of Ethan’s medical condition led the family to Mayo […]