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The families supported by Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest are the brave heroes of our stories.

They are the inspiration for all we do. Check out our featured family profile, as well as all of our family profiles (in left menu), which tell the real story of RMHC-UM.

Chris and Chase Lykken

Chris Lykken and his son, Chase, at home in Prior Lake. Four-year-old Chase suffered brain damage on the family vacation last April and his strength and courage during the last six months have earned him the nickname “Captain Chase.” The Lykken family found comfort in the Ronald McDonald Family Room while Chase was in the hospital and they have returned as volunteers to serve dinner through the Cooks for Kids volunteer meal program.

Captain Chase: The Lykkens have a real superhero in the family

Last April, the Lykken family of Prior Lake was on a family vacation. It was Disney cruise that they had long looked forward to, but just a few days in, a tragic accident cut the vacation short and changed their lives forever.

“They didn’t know if Chase could see or hear them, but every movement, no matter how tiny, was a miracle and symbol of his strength.”

Four-year-old Chase, the youngest Lykken, was playing near the pool when his mother, Lisa, turned to get sunscreen. In that quick moment, Chase disappeared and his parents, Lisa and Chris, set out searching for him. When they found him, it was a heart-wrenching scene. Chase was receiving CPR with dozens of passengers gathered around him.

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