MedCity Foundation

Supporting the needs of patients with blood cancer in the Rochester, MN community


To support those affected by blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma while they are receiving care in Rochester, MN in order to promote healing and peace of mind. 


To ensure every patient battling blood cancers while receiving care in Rochester, MN will have all of their basic, financial, and psycho-social needs meet at no cost to them or their family. 

About Us

In 1995, my father, Dr. Ralph Wright-Peterson, died after a 8 month battle with leukemia. I was only nine years old and for years struggled with my father's death and feeling like there was nothing I could do about it. When I was 18, I started fundraising in his memory for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and not only did I find comfort in doing something good in his memory, I knew I was supporting a good cause. However, as I would host events and put on fundraisers, I began to hear local stories of patients and their families affected by blood cancers right in our community and I started to wonder how I could help people in Rochester specifically. I was amazed there wasn't anything currently in our community to support this group of patients and that's when the MedCity Foundation was born in March 2014. Dad taught me to give back to our community; he was  a member of our local rotary, picked up food from restaurants for Community Food Response, sponsored foreign exchange students from Japan, and was active in our church. I think he would be proud to know that we are giving back in his memory. 

Thank you for your support of these patients and the memory of my dad!

Kristina Hesby, President & Founder


Board of Directors

Kristina Hesby, President

Virginia Wright-Peterson, Treasurer

Laura Dusso, Secretary

Josh Schneider

Cory Simonson

Margaret Senn

Matt Johnson

Nick Lauer

Alanna Martella

Erin Gravemann