Entries by Jacob Dreyer

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, […]

In Her Words: 40 Years

Cynthia Nelson is an Emeritus Trustee and reflected on her time at the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, and its 40 years serving children and families…in her own words! I was working at Mayo Clinic in the early 1980s and I was in the personnel department, as was Dave Senjem, who is now in the […]

Remi’s Life-Saving Scan

Remi is a thriving one-year-old who Katelyn and Casey cannot imagine life without and, if not for an ultrasound, she may not be here. Katelyn, an OB/GYN ultrasonographer for Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, sat silent in stunned disbelief as she stared at the screen during her 20-week ultrasound. “I wanted to check on her; […]

Nolan’s 38 Weeks

Nolan is very energetic. He is happy, go-lucky. He is a jokester. But suddenly…Nolan wasn’t being himself. He was quiet. He was moody. He had night sweats. He had a headache. He was constipated. He was vomiting. Was it a sinus infection? Was it strep throat? Mono? Lyme disease? Josh and Tina’s parent instinct said […]

Alexander joins House operations team

ROCHESTER, MINN.—The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, is pleased to announce that Matt Alexander has joined the staff as Facility Associate, effective April 6, 2020. As Facility Associate, Matt will work closely with the Operations Director to ensure a safe, well-maintained and inviting Ronald McDonald House facility and grounds. The safety and security of […]