Category Family Story

Truth from Ruth

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…

CEO Madee

Hickman Family

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…

Two Stays, One Story

Aliyah, Makaylee, Carson

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…

Comeback Jack

Family

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…

Knowing Logan

Logan Web

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.…

Outlier Liza

Family

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…

Families of Faith

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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…

Bryce’s RMHMN Story

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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.…

Melissa’s Story

(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.…