Donor and Recipient Honored with Street Naming
If you're ever in McHenry, Illinois, slow down as you pass the intersection of Green and Washington Streets. You'll want to take special notice of the new street designation: Honorary Donna Frett and Dustin Rozmenoski Way.
The special designation was made in August, to honor Donna Frett, a life-long McHenry resident, and Dustin Rozmenoski, the organ donor who saved Donna's life.
Since receiving her gift of life after Dustin's tragic death in 2005, Donna and Dustin's mother, Mary Jo Rozmenoski, have become close friends. They work together to spread the mission of organ donation, often sharing the personal experience that linked their lives together forever.
Donna established the Donna Frett Organ Donation Foundation, and holds an annual golf outing and dinner at the Boone Creek Golf Club. This past September marked the fifth annual event, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars for organ donor families, organ donation awareness and the Restoring Hope Transplant House in Middleton, Wisconsin.
Katie Sharp, a friend of the Frett family, submitted the street designation application to the city of McHenry. In it she outlined the many reasons why Donna and Dustin should be honored, and notes that this intersection would be a special location for Donna. It is the location of Donna's church, and a favorite aunt, a mentor to Donna who encouraged her to persevere through her long illness, lived on Washington Street.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White shared his congratulations and appreciation via a letter, which was read at the golf outing.
"Donna Frett and the Dustin Rozmenoski family are yet another shining example of the great thing that can occur from two tragic events," it said.