Entries by Jacob Dreyer

Coronavirus Response

March 27, 2020 Dear friends of the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, In these times of uncertainty, it is reassuring to know that some things have not changed. Our mission is strong and shining bright in Rochester! As an essential business playing an indispensable role in supporting pediatric patients and their families and their […]

Braylon’s Battle

More than five years ago, Chase’s wife, Jenny, was airlifted to Mayo Clinic’s Methodist Hospital in Rochester—she was in premature labor. Ready or not…their son was on his way. And he was seven weeks early. Braylon was born, but there were complications. He wasn’t making a sound and something was noticeably wrong with his skin. […]

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 […]