In August, we shared a story about the Rally for Reese event. Medical assistant degree students in Rebecca Pearson’s Patient Care Sciences class at Minnesota School of Business-Elk River (MSB) were involved with the event as a service learning-project. The Rally occurred on Saturday, Sept. 21, and included a 5K, spaghetti dinner, silent auction, and live band. Funds raised at the event will support medical care for Reese Donnay, 7, who was recently diagnosed with Batten Disease.
Nicole Rasmussen, MSB-Elk River community manager, is a close friend of the Donnay family and was able to participate in the event. “It was truly an emotional and moving experience,” she said. “Reese has grown up with my daughter, Hailey, and it was very difficult to learn about Reese’s diagnosis. Since hearing about it, I’ve been doing everything I can to help their family.”
The 5K Walk/Run drew upwards of 500 participants, which was more than the Donnays hoped for. The race started and finished at Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers, Minn. Our medical assistant students worked with Jimmy Johns to supply subs and snacks for the walkers and runners at the finish line as well as funds raised by the MA Club. The spaghetti dinner and silent auction were standing room only at Daytona Golf Club in Dayton, Minn. Several items were auctioned off, including a variety of autographed Twins, Wild, Vikings, Timberwolves, and Lynx items.
Sara, Reese’s mother, reported that the day was a tremendous success and they are appreciative of the volunteer and financial support that they received from the students and staff at MSB as well as the surrounding community. The funds raised will help the Donnay family pay for medical expenses already incurred and additional anticipated medical treatments that Reese will need as the disease progresses. More information about this event can be found at: http://rallyforreese.com/. Information about Batten Disease can be found at: http://bdsra.org/.