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A Note From Our Founder
In 1995, my father, Dr. Ralph Wright-Peterson, died after an 8 month battle with leukemia. I was only nine years old and for years I struggled with my father's death and feeling like there was nothing I could do. 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. 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 specifically in Rochester. I was amazed there wasn't anything currently in our community to support this group of patients. That’s when the Med City 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