Over the past three years, 3,000 families were turned away from the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN because of capacity constraints. “Families travel great distances to our House and often have exhausted every medical resource available near their homes. They come to our community seeking hope, healing, compassion and comfort,” said Peggy Elliott, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Rochester, Minnesota. “We must answer the call to provide love and hope to seriously ill children and their families. We are so grateful to all of our donors and friends for their generous gifts of support to grow our mission,” said Elliott.
As Mayo Clinic Children’s Center grows in particular in the areas of proton beam therapy; regenerative medicine and individualized medicine the need for services at the Ronald McDonald House continue to rise. On average the Ronald McDonald House® serves over 900 families every year from across the country and around the world
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(As told by her mom)
Melissa Webb and her twin sister, Kaitlyn, were born in Stillwater, MN. Melissa developed a lump on her neck around age six and had two surgeries performed before coming to Mayo for a second opinion. We were thankful to get into the Ronald McDonald House right when we arrived in Rochester.
Melissa underwent a 10-hour tracheotomy surgery to remove a cyst followed by a 16 day stay at Saint Marys. The night before her release, I was lying with her when I began to pray. I asked that Melissa go home without machines to help her breathe. A bright light came over the room and I believe that angels were near. In the morning, my prayers were answered – the doctors told us that Melissa could remove her line and would be able to leave the hospital without the burden of any machines.
The House meant so much to us during this otherwise difficult time. The staff made us feel right at home during Melissa’s 16-day recovery. They are such caring people.
The girls are graduating high school this year and planned their graduation party with the Ronald McDonald House of Rochester in mind. They have asked everyone to bring a donation gift for the House. In past years, they have organized a garage sale and even saved up their birthday and Christmas money so that they could donate supplies for the wish list. We love supporting the Ronald McDonald House because it is very near and dear to our hearts. If it wasn’t for this wonderful place, we would have nowhere to stay while receiving care in Rochester.
Even with the discount, hotels still cost a lot of money. Food expenses, doctor bills, and transportation costs all add up too. When we left the Ronald McDonald House, we donated our remaining food to help another family in need. When we stayed here, they were so warm and kind and made you feel right at home. The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN has helped a lot of people and continues to do amazing things.
Melissa reminds us that life is about helping others and being thankful for everything you have.
-Marilyn (Melissa + Kaitlyn’s Mom)