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Kicking off Pop Tab Week in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede has declared this week "Pop Tab Week" to encourage people to collect, save and donate pop tabs to the Ronald McDonald House. 

All of this was inspired by 16 year old Seth Bayles and his lofty goals. 

Seth set our to help the Ronald McDonald House attempt to double it's size. 

The house is trying to raise 16.5 million dollars with it's 'Love Tremendously, Hope Exceedingly' capital campaign so that it can serve more families. 

"When we heard about the expansion project we were really excited because we didn't want people to be turned away because of lack of room," said Seth's mother, Julie Bayles. "I wanted more people to experience what our family had. Definitely there is a need. We need more rooms. But that's a pretty big number so when I heard that I thought how could we make a difference? How can we even make a dent in that? And through this experience, what it showed me is even though there's a big number and it's really intimidating, it's doable when people come together it's amazing what can happen." 

On May 1st, Seth set a goal to collect 1 million pop can tabs for the Ronald McDonald house. 

He's already far exceeded it, collecting over 1,000 lbs worth of tabs. 

"He really worked for it I'm really proud of him because people weren't just coming to the house to give us tabs," said Julie. "We were going to local businesses and we were picking them up when people called and we were just kind of going around the community and for those that didn't know Seth, just telling his story."
Seth has a special connection with the Ronald McDonald house. He's stays there when he travels from Bristol, Wisconsin to Rochester to receive life-saving treatment at Mayo Clinic.

He has an autoimmune disease so rare that it doesn't have a name, or a cure. 

"The first time I stayed at the Ronald McDonald House I just felt so comfortable and warm," said Seth. 

Mayor Ardell Brede was on hand to kick off Pop Tab Week" and thank Seth with a couple gifts. 

A bobble head in Mayor Brede's likeness and a key to the city.
"Wow, that was just unbelievable," said Seth. "I did not know that that was going to happen. I was just overwhelmed. This is my second home away from home and I just get to love this city even more. I just, I love it."

To learn more about the pop tab program, click here

To learn more about the expansion, click here

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