Board Member Profile: Laura Dusso

Board Member profiles will be a bi-weekly feature of the men and women who help MedCity Foundation reach those in need within our community, spread the MCF vision and dedicate their time to support blood cancer patients and their families.

Full Name: Laura Ann Dusso, MA LMFT

Current title/company: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at Family

Service Rochester

Length of time on MCF Board: I volunteered at fundraisers Kristina has had for a few years. I accepted Kristina’s invitation to join the board when it began – Spring of 2014 I believe.

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How did you get connected with MedCity Foundation and how did you

become interested in its mission?

I have known the founder of MedCity Foundation, Kristina Hesby since she began to date her husband. My husband and Kristina’s husband have known each other since Kristina’s husband was a child and have played softball and other sports together. I have been touched by Kristina’s story of her father’s life, battle and death from Leukemia. I greatly felt his absence while attending Kristina’s wedding and am inspired by him and Kristina.

What is your current role within MedCity Foundation?

I started with MedCity Foundation as Secretary on the Board and continue to hold the position.

How do you hope to see Med City Foundation evolve over time?

I hope to see and be a part of Med City Foundation’s vision, which is for every blood cancer patient receiving care in Rochester MN can have all their basic financial and psychosocial needs met at no cost to them or their family.

What have you learned from being on Med City Foundation?

I have learned the great value of small deeds and donations and have had the privilege to witness patients and family members receive the time, talents and resources the foundation has made possible.

What is the most rewarding part of being apart of Med City Foundation?

I am in awe each time I get to hear about or observe the bravery of cancer patients and their families, such as during the monthly support group meetings.

What is your advice to people who want to become more involved?

Like Nike says, “Just Do It” it will feel better when you do.

Best moment on MCF board so far:

Meeting so many wonderful people involved, such as board members, patients and family members and people from community resources.

Now, a few fun questions:

Night or day person? Day person!

Best piece of advice ever given: Gandhi’s saying “Be the change you wish

to see in the world”.

Perfect weekend?: In the arms of my husband.

If you could have lunch with one person, who would it be and what would you order?: A deceased relative and we would eat my favorite food mashed potatoes with gravy.

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Board Member Profile: Laura Dusso

Board Member Profile: Erin Gravemann

Board Member profiles will be a bi-weekly feature of the men and women who help MedCity Foundation reach those in need within our community, spread the MCF vision and dedicate their time to support blood cancer patients and their families.

Full Name: Erin Gravemann

Current title/company: Mayo Clinic, LICSW currently working at Methodist primarily with the Heme/Onc population

Length of time on MCF Board: 2 years

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How did you get connected with MedCity Foundation and how did you become interested in its mission?

The director of my department put me in contact with Kristina. After working on the inpatient hospital side I quickly realized that the goal and mission of Med City were directly in line with the needs of the hematology population that I was working with.

What is your current role within MedCity Foundation?

I don’t have a formal role, just help where I can!

How do you hope to see MedCity Foundation evolve over time?

I would love to see MedCity in the position where we had lodging available for patients/families that offered more than just a roof over their head…including events, activities and programming for the patient and entire family.

What have you learned from being on MedCity Foundation?

Kristina is amazing? Her hard work and dedication is just unbelievable!!

What is the most rewarding part of being apart of MedCity Foundation?

Knowing the positive impact that MedCity has on patient’s/families in a

difficult situation.

What is your advice to people who want to become more involved?

Just do it! We have many opportunities available and we can put your interests and strengths to good use!

Best moment on MCF board so far: I loved Margarita Maddness!

Now, a few fun questions:

Morning or night person?: Morning!

Perfect weekend?: Any weekend at the cabin 

If you could have lunch with one person, who would it be and what would you order?: Living? I would love to have lunch with the Obama’s….I would probably order a burger and a beer!

Board Member Profile: Erin Gravemann