Entries by Jacob Dreyer

Two Stays, One Story

When people hear stories about families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, they often say they can’t imagine what it would be like to go through something like that with their child. Well, what if you had to go through it twice? Bryce and Bobbi Jo Freking were thrilled and excited. It […]

Comeback Jack

Five months. 151 days. 217,440 minutes. 13,046,400 seconds. And it felt like much longer for Kaycee and John Krecklow. “Jack was in the NICU for 151 days” Kaycee said. “And we were terrified.” Kaycee was 24 weeks and three days pregnant with Jack when he was delivered at Mayo Clinic in Rochester via emergency C-section […]

Knowing Logan

Ken and Rachelle Drabek know exactly what they are getting at the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester and Mayo Clinic, which is increasingly important in a world of unknowns. Their eight-year-old son Logan first visited Mayo when he was three. He was very tiny, had no appetite and was developmentally delayed. And he had already […]

Outlier Liza

Liza Hassler was an outlier coming into this world. She was born with a rare craniofacial condition that affects only one in 300,000 live births. Liza’s journey began in Chicago, where she received treatment and underwent numerous surgeries. After the family moved to Minnesota, Liza had an extensive surgery in Texas. She had complications that […]

Arnott promoted to Volunteer Director

The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota has promoted Katie Arnott to Volunteer Director after a decade of service with the organization. Arnott joined the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester in 2008 as a Weekend House Manager. She served as a Family Services Manager before transitioning into her previous role of Volunteer Manager, which prepared […]

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester receives $3.3 million grant from AbbVie donation

CHICAGO, ILL.—Ronald McDonald House Charities announced a $100 million donation from AbbVie at its international conference in Chicago on Monday, resulting in a $3.3 million grant for the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota and its Love Tremendously Hope Exceedingly capital campaign. It is the largest gift received by Ronald McDonald House Charities, the largest […]

Families of Faith

Most people are lucky if they have one loving family. Faith Westby has three. Faith is a sweet, charismatic 15-year-old girl living with a rare, multi-system disorder. During an annual checkup for the girl who already had heart surgery, doctors diagnosed her with a large atypical adenoma on the left side of her liver and […]

May Day! May Day! Ronald McDonald House of Rochester breaking ground in two weeks

ROCHESTER, MINN.—The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota announced at Tuesday night’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner that it will break ground on its 30-room expansion on May 1. The Board of Trustees voted to move forward with the expansion at its monthly meeting in March, reflecting significant progress in the $16.5 million Love […]