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Many of the programs listed below offer support and space to connect with other patient families. Learn about how you can get involved.

Great Clips cut-a-thon returns to support kids returning to school after serious illness

Great Clips salons in the Twin Cities area are joining together for the 28th annual Great Clips cut-a-thon from Saturday, Aug. 28 to Friday, Sept. 3. After being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participating Great Clips salons will once again donate a portion of proceeds from each haircut to the school re-entry program at Children’s Minnesota. The program helps address the medical and emotional needs of a child returning to school after battling cancer or other serious illnesses.

Virtual Grand Rounds: Kids Grieve Too: Impact and implications of childhood bereavement

August 6, 2020, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Bridget Bahneman, APRN, CNM, CT

Children’s Minnesota child life specialists recognized by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center

Congratulations to Children’s Minnesota child life specialists Jodi Betsinger, Kristine Adams VanKempen and Samantha Schackman for receiving the 2020 Faces of Change Award from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center’s (NBPC) 6th Annual Unity Awards in recognition of their collaborative and innovative work in the cancer and blood disorders program.

Children’s Minnesota joins “A World of Hearts” movement

Amid the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Children’s Minnesota and its patients have joined the “A World of Hearts” movement to inspire hope.

Top 10 reasons to call child life

Here's the top 10 reasons you should call child life if you and your child are at Children's Minnesota.

Celebrating Child Life Month at Children’s Minnesota

Rachel Calvert, child life manager, joined WCCO’s Mid-Morning Show to explain the unique role child life plays at Children’s Minnesota.

How wrap-around care services help kids and families healing from cancer diagnoses

At Children’s Minnesota, we put kids first, and we know that kids get better quicker when we take care of the whole family. This is why we offer many services and amenities to the whole family in addition to typical health care services.

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Play with a purpose is key for child life specialists

Child life specialists use medical play to help children “play” out their feelings or anxieties or learn about an medical procedure.