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What is Salon and Spa Night?

At Children’s Minnesota, we understand how hard and stressful it can be to have a child in the hospital. Salon and Spa Night is a quarterly evening event at our St. Paul hospital for parents or guardians to step away from the bedside to have a short break and receive some much-needed personal care.

Great Clips hosts 29th annual cut-a-thon to support Children’s Minnesota’s school re-entry program

Participating Great Clips salons will donate a portion of the proceeds from each haircut during the cut-a-thon to the school re-entry program at Children’s Minnesota.

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Former patient’s dad donates $20,000 to Children’s Minnesota to honor his son’s memory

Jack Lester – the father of Marcus Tolbert, a former patient at Children’s Minnesota – donated $20,000 worth of money and gifts to Children’s Minnesota in the name of his late son.

Diabetes patient, Oscar, receives Virtual Player Honoree experience at U.S. Men’s National Team FIFA World Cup qualifier match

Oscar, who lives with Type 1 diabetes, got hooked on soccer from the moment he started playing in his city’s recreational league. Recently, he was able to participate in the Virtual Player Honoree Program at the U.S. Men's National Team’s World Cup qualifying match against Honduras at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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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.