Giving News & Highlights

Taking the 'Challenge' for Children’s

What it means to me to wake up each day and know that I am living is truly incredible. I was born with a congenital heart defect called levo-Transposition of the greater arteries. If I would've been born just a few years earlier, it is doubtful I would've survived. It is because of the doctors and nursed at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota that I am here to share my story of a life that I don’t take for granted.

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The power of volunteering

It was only five years ago that, through my work at the Best Buy corporate
offices, that I decided to join a volunteer committee as a way to engage withbestbuy statefair my teammates while giving back to the community. My first volunteer opportunity was at the PGA tournament benefiting Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. With 80 fellow employees working the concession stands together, we put in a lot of hard work, had a great time and felt so proud about the cause we were helping. Since then, volunteering through Best Buy has become an important commitment of mine. I now help every year to organize a day for Best Buy employees to volunteer at Children’s booth at that Minnesota State Fair.

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The beat goes on...

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Celebrating Gabe's new pacemaker
by meeting MN Twins player,
Justin Morneau.

Just a few short months ago, Gabriel took the stage and shared his musical talents of playing the drums with a filled auditorium.

You would have never suspected that 12 years earlier, only two weeks after he was born, Gabe was in total heart failure due to an undiagnosed multiple congenital heart defects. He spent years going through surgeries, check-ups and echocardiograms at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. And six years ago, he underwent open heart surgery followed by the placement of a permanent pacemaker.

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The fight against Joe Bully

While fighting a brain tumor he calls ‘Joe Bully’, 6-year-old Gavin has shown only strength and determination.

giving spotlightAfter undergoing five surgeries that lasted 20 hours each, on top of chemotherapy, part of Gavin's brain tumor remained. Only months ago, his family and doctors won a battle with Pfizer to offer Gavin a trial drug, known as CDK to help stop the growth. And while the drug seems to have worked, their fight is not over yet.

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Welcome Mother Baby Center!

This month there is a "special delivery" at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and it is the opening of our new Mother Baby Center, a collaboration between Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children’s. In celebration, it seems fitting to share a story that will illustrate why moms, dads and babies will be overjoyed to be together, under one shiny new roof. Here is one family’s story . . .

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Nina Riesen at 14 years old.

Our daughter Nina was born at Abbott Northwestern Hospital eight weeks early on April 25, 1994. She was immediately given a breathing tube and taken from Abbott, through the dark and dingy underground tunnel, over to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's in Minneapolis. It really helped me to know that Nina could be over at Children’s with her dad, Dean. After a few hours, Dean was given the okay to push me in a wheelchair through the tunnel so I could see our daughter.

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