Category Archives: Philanthropy

Our end-of-year giving campaign

We launched our new end-of-year giving campaign this week, including three new commercials that focus on the importance of giving locally, our pediatric cancer program and how we treat every kid who walks through our doors. As you consider giving during the holiday season, please remember what it means to take care of Minnesota kids. Please consider making a gift. Your support makes all the difference.

A sick kid without insurance is still a kid. And we treat every kid who needs it. Last year alone, we provided more than $50 million of care that wasn’t covered by insurance. Your support helps make this possible.


We treat more kids with cancer than any other hospital in the state. From clinical research to pain management to early physical therapy, your donations help us provide local kids with the very best cancer care.

Your support helps ensure that local kids will continue to receive some of best pediatric care in the country. Hey, we’re Minnesotans. We believe in taking care of our own.


Join us for the MN MUSIC 4 MN KIDS CD release party Nov. 13

We’re excited to share news about MN MUSIC 4 MN KIDS, new collaboration between Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and some of the most talented musicians in our state. Each of the artists on this album donated their time and talent for one reason: They care about Minnesota’s kids.

All proceeds from the CD and the event will support Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and our commitment to providing the best possible care to all children. Come to our release party Nov. 13 to see some of the bands and grab the CD! Continue reading

Minnesota Wild Captain Mikko Koivu sponsors private patient rooms at Children’s – St. Paul

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu checks out one of the rooms he sponsored at Children's - St. Paul for the first time.

Today, Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu announced a generous donation to Children’s – St. Paul to sponsor two private patient rooms in the new Neuroscience and Epilepsy Center. The rooms will be decorated with Wild and Koivu memorabilia, photos, posters and collectibles.

The Wild have been long-time supporters of Children’s. Koivu has been a frequent visitor, spending time with patients and families. On a recent tour of Children’s, he wanted to do something to give back and decided to sponsor two private patient rooms.

Unfortunately, rooms on this floor will not be open to families until Children’s receives philanthropic support for all the private patient rooms on this unit. That’s why generous acts like this are so important to Children’s, and why Koivu is asking others in the business community to consider touring the facility to see firsthand the care that is provided.

If you’d like to join Koivu in his spirit of generosity, please consider making a gift to Children’s by contacting Jennifer Peterson at our Foundation by calling 612-813-7075.

Therapy dogs help child with autism

Kadin’s story: Hope on a Leash:

Kadin, who was diagnosed with autism, struggled to communicate, would often have breakdowns and had trouble paying attention during his therapy sessions at Children’s. That’s where Sasha came in.

Sasha is one of our therapy dogs in our Pets Assisting With Healing program. At the suggestion of Nicole Linstrom, Kadin’s occupational therapist, Sasha began attending Kadin’s therapy sessions. Kadin immediately bonded with Sasha, and having her there helped him pay more attention during his sessions.

Therapy dogs worked so well for Kadin that his family even adopted a therapy dog of their own, Truman, from Can Do Canines.

Our Pets Assisting With Healing volunteers help patients with development and rehabilitation and brighten their stay in the hospital.

Learn more about our Pets Assisting With Healing program, and see Sasha and others in action working with patients here:

Isaiah gives back to Children’s

Isaiah and Mikah sports SpiritDomes, which designed a hat specifically for Isaiah.

One of our patients, Isaiah, recently came back to Children’s to donate $300 raised through sales of a hat specifically designed for him.

In 2008, Isaiah Peters arrived at Children’s – Minneapolis, after doctors in his home town of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, diagnosed him with hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), a complication commonly associated with E. coli. While at Children’s, he spent 27 days on dialysis for total kidney failure and another seven days on life support, mostly in our PICU. Isaiah pulled through and was discharged.

While at a Christian music festival in September 2009, Isaiah’s family met the owner of a hat company called SpiritDomes. After hearing Isaiah’s story, the owner was inspired to make a hat specifically for Isaiah, with a verse from the Book of Isaiah (Chapter 40, Verse 31) inscribed under the hat’s brim. Since creating the hat, it has been SpiritDome’s top seller.

Isaiah donated $300 from the sales of the Isaiah hat to our Urgent Needs fund, which helps fund Children’s most pressing needs. Isaiah’s dad, Jon, also blogged about the experience of getting to see Isaiah’s care team and the place they spent so much time in not long ago.

Have you considered making a gift in tribute to your experience at Children’s? Learn more about tribute giving.

Help Us Help Kids

We love to share our work in the community — how we work proactively to protect and care for the health of kids and families beyond our hospital walls — with our supporters. Recently, we developed a cool new way to showcase these successes online, too, with our new Help Us Help Kids page.

On the page, you can learn about upcoming community events, how we heal kids, what we’re doing to be a political voice for kids’ health and more. The success of our community partnerships is due to the generosity of our donors. We invite you to continue to support our efforts by making a gift to our charity care efforts, MCRC program, or urgent needs fund.

Volunteers needed for Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic

You can help the cancer research program at Children’s this weekend by volunteering for the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic.

The PTATC, Aug. 4-7 at the Lifetime Fitness in White Bear Lake, is an annual tournament and is considered one of the premier, United States Tennis Association(USTA)-sanctioned, mixed doubles tennis tournaments.

The mission of the PTATC is to host an annual mixed doubles tennis tournament to raise funds that primarily support research to lessen the suffering caused by childhood cancer. All proceeds benefit the cancer research program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

We need help on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 7, with registration, food and beverage, the water stop, and along the course.  Timing would be about 7-10 a.m., depending on the task.

We’re also looking for help at the tournament.  Our greatest need is on Thursday, Aug. 4, 4-6 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 6, 11:30-1:30, 1:30-3:30 and 3:30-5:30.  Tasks include ticket sales, food sales, merchandise sales, and clean-up.

Volunteers can contact me at or 651-855-2803.

Bid on items to help fight pediatric cancer

Our new Facebook auction lets you bid on items to help fight pediatric cancer, right from Facebook.

Our new eBay-powered Facebook auction feature lets our fans support our fight against pediatric cancer by bidding on cool items in one easy spot.

Our first round of items features an American Girl doll, a $100 Kincaid’s gift card, a signed NBA jersey and the Cities 97 sampler. We’ll offer new items each month and the auctions will support different causes throughout the year.

You can also donate items for upcoming auctions to help support kids’ health!

Bid on an item in the auction.

Julia throws the first pitch at a Twins game

Julia Olejar, 4, one of our cardiovascular patients, got to throw the first pitch at a Twins game Monday night.

One of our cardiovascular patients, 4-year-old Julia Olejar, got to throw out the first pitch at Monday night’s Twins game! Julia’s parents, Kelly and Tim, and little brother, Anthony, watched proudly as she threw the ball to T.C. Bear, the Twins’ mascot.

Julia’s time in the spotlight was part of a check presentation for the HeartBeat 5000, an annual 5K run/walk that has raised nearly $1.5 million for cardiovascular services at Children’s over the last nine years. Before the game, Children’s received a check for $75,000 from the three presenting sponsors of HeartBeat 5000: Boston Scientific, St. Jude Medical Inc. and Medtronic.

Julia talks to T.C. Bear before she throws the first pitch of the game to him.

Julia with her family before the game.

Children’s Youth Advisory Council wins Volunteer of the Year

Eric Dahlquist, a member of Children’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC), was awarded the 2011 Minnesota Hospital Association Volunteer of the Year award at a ceremony Friday.

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Annual Health Care Awards honor the best and brightest in Minnesota health care – individuals who have offered dedicated service to hospitals and organizations that have implemented successful, innovative programs.

As a member of YAC, Eric has been extremely involved in developing several unique projects for Children’s. Specifically, he worked on the redesign of the teen lounge, and the development of the Geek Squad precinct within the hospital. Beyond his participation in Children’s YAC, Eric has also emerged as a valuable hospital volunteer.

“Eric has the gift of intelligence, wit and curiosity, which results in an outstanding ability as a public speaker. Moreover he is compassionate and caring and is extremely engaging on a personal level. He can motivate a crowd and the individual alike, and clearly possesses the traits to be a future leader,” wrote Yoav Messinger, MD, in Eric’s nomination letter for the award.

In addition to his involvement in Children’s causes, Eric has active leadership positions in other organizations and school activities.

We congratulate Eric and thank him for all he’s done for Children’s.