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October deals & events

There are a lot of deals & events happening around the Twin Cities this October. We would be thrilled if you could join us for one, some or all of them!


STEELE Fitness - Oct. 5 - 13, Minneapolis
In celebration of their new location in downtown Minneapolis, STEELE Fitness will be donating a portion of proceeds from fitness package and retail sales to Children's! Find out more about their opening week festivities including complimentary classes, giveaways and more.

Cole's Cause - Saturday, Oct. 6, Rogers
This family friendly event is featuring live music by two local bands and a silent auction! All proceeds will benefit the neuroscience center at Children's. Visit our website to find out more.

Starry Night - Friday, Oct. 12, Minneapolis
Join us for an enchanting evening to support and fund a year of arts programming, like music therapy, creative play and visual arts, for patients and families being treated at Children's. Starry Night brings together people passionate about children, healing and the arts and will feature silent and live auctions, dinner and live performances. Visit the Starry Night website for more information or to register to attend.

Grand Ave sCares for Kids - Oct. 18-28, St. Paul
Join the Grand Avenue Business Association and its members in raising funds for Children's.  Find out how businesses are participating and how you can be a part of it!  And don't forget to join us for Boo Bash on Saturday, Oct. 27. This family fun event features a children's costume contest, pony rides and so much more!

Caribou Coffee - All October, multiple locations
Throughout October, Children's is teaming up with Caribou Coffee, and their patrons, to help patient families by providing a premium cup of coffee and a moment to escape the day-to-day stress of being in the hospital. Click here to view participating locations.

MorningStar Coffee - All fall season, multiple locations
Enjoy delicious coffee while doing good!  All fall, MorningStar Coffee will be donating 15% of the proceeds from their cans of coffee to Children's.  Find out more, including where MorningStar Coffee is sold.

Creating a healing journey through art

Join us for Children's Starry Night event

Creative arts – particularly painting – have always been an important part of 10-year-old Angelina Wollan’s life. Yet, never did Angelina, or her family, imagine just how important the arts could be in her healing journey.


Your Generosity in Action :: Cancer and blood disorders

For Children’s cancer and blood disorders patients, support from generous people in our community makes a big difference in their healing journeys. From comfy private treatment rooms to end of therapy parties, the generosity of people like you has a lasting impact for patients and families at Children’s!

In addition to helping current patients, gifts to Children’s support research efforts that focus on finding answers that improve outcomes and lead to cures for future pediatric cancer patients.


Through the generosity of many supporters, Children’s cancer researchers have been able to:

  • Identify a genetic link to pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB), a rare childhood lung cancer that, when detected and treated early, dramatically increases a child’s chance of survival.
  • Partner with Children’s National Medical Center and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to establish an international Ovarian and Testicular Stromal Tumor registry. The registry enables researchers to collect clinical data that will lead to more effective treatments for patients diagnosed with these rare tumors.
  • Study the ways that physical therapy can help lessen the negative effects of chemotherapy on kids’ muscles, bones and nerves, helping to foster a better overall outcome for patients.

The community’s support of Children’s cancer research efforts is changing lives! Check out 7-year-old Alex’s story to read firsthand how research is curing cancer that just years ago would have been untreatable.

Your Generosity in Action :: School Re-entry Program

The mixed emotions experienced by kids at the start of a new school year are many times similar to the emotions experienced by pediatric patients returning to school after a lengthy hospital stay or following a new medical diagnosis. At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we strive to make going back to school easier for kids through our School Re-entry Program.

septemberHeading back to school each fall is often an exciting time for kids and their parents - but, it can also be a time of anxiety and nervousness.

Through the support of generous donors like you, Children’s child life specialists are able to help patients successfully transition back to school by:

Visiting classrooms to share information about the student’s diagnosis

  • Teaching classmates respectful ways to discuss and ask questions about a health issue
  • Dismissing the fears of a patient’s peers, decreasing the likelihood of rumors and teasing
  • Sharing helpful tips on how classmates, friends and community members can be supportive, no matter what the outcome.

This year, Children’s child life specialists have made nearly 100 visits to schools and communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Without individual donors like you, and corporate partners like Great Clips, these visits would not be possible!

Thank you for helping kids in our community enjoy a successful journey back to school, all year long. 

Thanks for a great Pine Tree weekend!

Thank you to everyone who came out, played in, ran at, volunteered or supported the 27th annual Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic! It was a weekend full of great tennis, delicious food and fun.

Visit to view the final draw, race results and see pictures from the weekend.