Entries by Jacob Dreyer

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 […]

Bambenek named Hospitality Associate

The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, is pleased to announce that Nancy Bambenek will move into a new role as Hospitality Associate, effective May 6, 2019. Hospitality Associate is a newly created position to support the growth of the House mission as it expands to serve 70 families each night. Hospitality with Heart is […]

Ronald McDonald House of Rochester receives 2019 Remarkable Impact Grant

The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota (RMHMN), received a $50,000 Remarkable Impact Grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) through the generosity of AbbVie, which funded the grants, to expand its fresh and healthy food program. The RMHMN program—which has a working title of Keepin’ It Fresh—will transform a current space at the Ronald […]

Truth from Ruth

As Ruth was thinking about the past three months at the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, a big smile came across her face and she said, “It’s hard to have a negative attitude when you’re surrounded by so much kindness, generosity and good…even when you’re here because you have cancer.” Two years ago, Ruth […]

Organick named Volunteer Associate

The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, is pleased to announce that Paige Organick has joined the staff as Volunteer Associate, effective April 1, 2019. Volunteer Associate is a newly created position to support the growth of the RMHMN mission as the House expands to serve 28 more families each night. Volunteers truly make the […]

CEO Madee

What would you do if your totally healthy, 10-year-old daughter woke up sick? What would you do if nobody believed she was sick? “We couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her,” said Sunee, Madee’s mom. “Everyone called her a faker and said it was all in her head.” “Everybody doubted me,” Madee said. “Family, […]

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 […]