The Mighty Blog features stories from around Children’s Minnesota, as well as health and wellness information for raising healthy kids.

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Business Coalition of the Equality becomes largest business coalition in support of legal LGBTQ equality

Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and CEO of Children’s Minnesota, endorsed joining the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Business Coalition for the Equality Act on behalf of Children’s Minnesota. It has grown to be the largest business coalition in support of legal LGBTQ equality.

Cullen’s resilience: first leukemia, now a tumor

Eleven-year-old Cullen isn’t going to let anything stop him. Amy and Matt describe their youngest son as feisty, funny and stubborn at times. That fighting spirit has served him well through not one, but two complex medical diagnoses in his young life.

Baby Ozzie’s wait for a heart begins after a life-saving doctor’s visit

Ozzie appeared to be healthy and happy after he was born in August 2020. But something changed in late December. Ozzie threw up after two of the morning feedings, something he had not done before.

Understanding COVID-19 variants, the role of kids and the potential effects

Patsy Stinchfield, senior director of infection prevention and nurse practitioner at Children’s Minnesota, talks about everything you need to know about the current COVID-19 variants.

The Derek Chauvin trial and verdict, the killing of Daunte Wright: what are the impacts on our kids?

Dr. Gigi Chawla, chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota, provides advice for families after the Chauvin verdict was announced.

Lactation specialists: what they do and how they can help

We talked with Emily Ross, staff registered nurse (RN) in the Lactation Support Program at Children’s Minnesota, St. Paul, and Katie Tocko, staff RN at Children’s Minnesota, St. Paul, about the importance of having lactation consultants help our patients and families.

A message from Dr. Gorelick about the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and CEO of Children’s Minnesota, shares a message regarding the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict.

Passion for music and healing people: our music therapists’ perfect combination

Erinn Frees, MA, MT-BC, board-certified music therapist at Children’s Minnesota, talks about the importance of incorporating music into the healing process of our patients and families.

The importance of Black kids’ and teens’ mental health during the trial of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd

This time can be especially hard for Black, Indigenous and kids and teens of color. It’s important to check in and monitor our kids’ mental and emotional health during Derek Chauvin’s trial. So, we talked with Dr. Jason Walker, child psychologist at Children’s Minnesota, to get tips for parents to help.

Children’s Minnesota cardiovascular team welcomes three new members

The cardiovascular team at Children’s Minnesota is excited to announce the addition of two new physicians to their team: Shashi Raj, MD, FAAP, FACC, and Erica Molitor-Kirsch, MD. Dr. Raj and Dr. Molitor-Kirsch are pediatric cardiac intensivists in our cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU). We’re also excited to announce an additional pediatric nurse practitioner, Andrea Lueck, APRN, CNP, DNP.