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(DESCRIPTION)A baby on the floor. Two young girls. A small boy. A woman. Boys and girls play with Legos. Text, Essentia Health Foundation, R. M. H. C. Upper MidwestGrant Hauschild, Executive Director, Essentia Health Foundation
(SPEECH)GRANT HAUSCHILD: The Essentia Health Foundation is partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest to bring a Ronald McDonald House to the Twin Ports and Northland for the first time ever.
(DESCRIPTION)Craig Chilcote, Duluth Resident, Stayed at Ronald McDonald House Minneapolis
(SPEECH)CRAIG CHILCOTE: Our daughter was diagnosed with cancer when she was six months old. KERRI EDBLAD-CHILCOTE:
(DESCRIPTION)Kerri Edblad-Chilcote, Duluth Resident, Stayed at Ronald McDonald House Minneapolis
(SPEECH)It just turns your whole world upside down, and you just, instead of thinking, you know, when is she going to walk, when she's going to talk, you kind of think, what's going to happen to her.
(DESCRIPTION)Dr. Kristi Estabrook, Psychiatrist, Essentia Health, Stayed at Ronald McDonald House Minneapolis
(SPEECH)DR. KRISTI ESTABROOK: Still, were very small for their age, and had to go to the neonatal intensive care for monitoring and some assistance with breathing.
(DESCRIPTION)Two infants sleepEmily Vikre, Duluth Resident, Stayed at Ronald McDonald House Minneapolis
(SPEECH)EMILY VIKRE: We discovered partway through my pregnancy with Vidar that he had what's called a coarctation. So a little narrowing of the aorta. You never know when life is going to plunge you into a situation that you couldn't even imagine, and that you don't want to be in. DAVID HERMAN:
(DESCRIPTION)David Herman, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Essentia Health
(SPEECH)The Ronald McDonald House is called a house and not a hotel, because it does become these people's homes.
(DESCRIPTION)Parents with children, Credit, Jim Bovin
(SPEECH)It's a place for them to recharge, a place for them to have respite.
(DESCRIPTION)Text, Benefiting 14,000+ pediatric patient families per year, Credit, Jim BovinKerri Edblad-Chilcote
(SPEECH)KERRI EDBLAD-CHILCOTE: So you just walk in and you don't have to think. You can just be.
(DESCRIPTION)Text, Featuring private bedroomsGwen Chilcoate, Cancer Survivor, Duluth, MN
(SPEECH)It's like free and you can just stay there and be close to your child or your loved on in the hospital.
(SPEECH)GRANT HAUSCHILD: Having a child that's sick, everything else goes out the window. So knowing that you have a place to stay and those warm meals, that's really critical.
(DESCRIPTION)Jill Evencheck, President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest
(SPEECH)JILL EVENOCHECK: These families are going through the unimaginable. And so their kids are there for a long period of time. When parents can be close to their kids, they do have better outcomes.
(DESCRIPTION)Dr. Kristi Estabrook
(SPEECH)DR. KRISTI ESTABROOK: To be in the same building, in the same room or just down the hall from your child, at that time in your life, it's all that matters.
(SPEECH)GRANT HAUSCHILD: Our community can come together to make a difference for these families when they're not really thinking about where they're going to get their next meal, where they're going to stay, oftentimes traveling hours away from home to come to ensure that their child gets the best care possible.
(SPEECH)EMILY VIKRE: When there is that possibility of creating something that just eases it, even just a tiny bit, the immenseness of the difference that that makes is incalculable. I mean, it really is a lifesaver. JOEL VIKRE: It
(DESCRIPTION)Joel Vikre, Duluth Resident, Stayed at Ronald McDonald House Minneapolis
(SPEECH)was really, I think, kind of comforting to feel like somebody, somebody was taking care of us in the middle of that.
(SPEECH)JILL EVENOCHECK: And when your child is seriously ill and injured, the most priceless thing is your time with them. EMILY VIKRE:
(DESCRIPTION)David Herman, MD
(SPEECH)The number of volunteers that come into a Ronald McDonald House and the people that come in to cook the meals and support the families that are there, really build the underlying fabric of a community together.
(DESCRIPTION)Text, Including a large kitchen, Serving hot meals dailyDr. Kristi Estabrook
(SPEECH)DR. KRISTI ESTABROOK: That was actually the first home cooked meal I'd had. Like a dinner, since the girls were born. And so that was pretty special. GRANT HAUSCHILD:
(SPEECH)There's going to be families that are served for four years and years here at Essentia through the Ronald McDonald House. So this is really not only about the present, but it's about future families.
(SPEECH)JILL EVENOCHECK: We really rely on the public and the generosity of the public to help take care of our families.
(SPEECH)JOEL VIKRE: It's one of those things, you don't realize how important it is until you meet it. KERRI EDBLAD-CHILCOTE:
(SPEECH)And giving a gift that will continue and be built upon. DAVID HERMAN:
(SPEECH)Just so important to see how the mission has grown, how it's expanded, and really, really excited that we'll be part of that here in Duluth.
(DESCRIPTION)Text, Join Us, Esssentia Health Foundation, R. M. H. C. Upper Midwest
At Essentia Health, we believe that the only thing families should have to worry about while their child is in the hospital is helping them heal.
That’s why we’re excited to bring a Ronald McDonald House to the Northland. We’re partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities Upper Midwest, and you, to build a five-bedroom home—providing families of pediatric patients in need with a comfortable and nearby place to stay, play and heal together.
“The Ronald McDonald House is called a house, and not a hotel, because it does become people’s homes. It’s a place for them to recharge, a place for them to have respite. We are really excited to bring this mission here to Duluth.”
David Herman, MDChief Executive Officer, Essentia HealthTrustee, Ronald McDonald House Charities
The house provides private overnight rooms for up to five families, and serves nine meals a week to each family—all at no cost to them. Our operating expenses will be $325,000 annually, funded by your donations.
With your generous support, this special project can come to life in November 2020—and provide comfort and healing to more than 14,000 pediatric patient families.