Rasmussen College Moorhead campus nursing students and faculty came together to hold a benefit for Zach Rummel, a 9-year-old boy who was diagnosed in January with astrocytoma—a rare brain tumor located on his brain stem.Zach is the son of Ellen Rummel, a nursing instructor at the Moorhead campus.
“The moment the students found out about Ellen’s son’s diagnosis, they started planning and looking for donations,” said Stacy Bosch, nursing faculty member at the Moorhead campus. “For me personally, Ellen has been my go-to person since I started at Rasmussen College. She is a mentor to me, someone who I look up to. I knew that when she needed me I needed to be there for her.”
Due to the size and location of Zach’s tumor, it cannot be operated on, so he has been receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., since the end of January.
“He was given a second chance at life by being sent to St. Jude’s,” Rummel said. “Now, we have time with him we would have not otherwise had, as there were no options for him [at home].”
Fortunately, the nursing students, faculty and many other people were able to swiftly plan Zach’s benefit; it took place at Fargo, N.D., entertainment center The Bowler. Items were donated for live and silent auctions from local businesses, artists, photographers and sports teams. Baked goods and craft items were also for sale during the event.
“There was a tremendous turnout and the benefit brought in a very high dollar amount,” Bosch said.
The Lend-A-Hand program, through Dakota Medical Foundation, also offered to match up to $5,000 of donations made during the benefit. Large donations were also made by Eventide, Pray for Gray and Morgan’s Wish.
The family plans to use the …