Children’s Annual Report

At Children’s Minnesota, we see kids exhibit amazing qualities like strength, determination, and resilience which inspire us to do everything we can to continuously improve pediatric health care. Our success is made possible through the ongoing generosity and engagement from our community. Whether by attending events, donating money or volunteering their time, we are grateful for donors who gave to Children’s in 2017. This support ensures that Children’s exists for all patients and families who need the specialized care that we provide.

Donor spotlights

Lifetime Giving

Charlie Maxwell and family

Donor Name: Charlie Maxwell

Involvement with Children’s Minnesota: Charlie and his wife Tara were introduced to Children’s when their triplets, Cole, Bennett and Grace, were born in 1999 and cared for in the NICU. Since then, Charlie has been deeply engaged with our mission, volunteering on two task forces including co-chairing the CTED task force, joining the Foundation Board of Directors and becoming vice-chair in 2017. In 2016, the Maxwells joined the lifetime cumulative giving list and also became Guardian Circle members.

Why I give: “Children’s has been a valuable resource to my family since the premature birth of my children. It’s an honor to support the work that they do for all families in the community.”

Circle of Care

Dr. Angela Goepferd and family

Donor Name: Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd

Involvement with Children’s Minnesota: Dr. Goepferd started her career at Children’s Minnesota in 2007. A pediatrician and pediatric hospitalist, she also serves as the director of medical education, overseeing all graduate medical education and continuing medical education for Children’s. In 2016, Dr. Goepferd made her first Circle of Care gift.

Why I give: “I believe that access to health care is a fundamental right of all children. I give so that no child is ever turned away at Children’s Minnesota due to their family’s inability to pay.”

Circle of Compassion

Jeremy and Lindsay Ginter and family

Donor Name: Jeremy and Lindsay Ginter

Involvement with Children’s Minnesota: In December 2008, Jeremy and Lindsay’s then seven-month-old son Evan was diagnosed with pleuropulmonary blastoma (PPB) type 1R. After receiving treatment at Children’s, Evan is now a happy and healthy nine year old. Jeremy and Lindsay have been closely involved in the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic, which supports cancer and blood disorders research. And in 2016 they joined Children’s Council.

Why I give: “The devastation we felt after our son’s diagnosis was eventually replaced by hope, because the team at Children’s never left our side. These men and women dedicate their lives to finding treatments and cures, and the ripple effect of what they discover saves the lives of children around the world. We give because Children’s saved our son’s life, but we also give because every family deserves to feel that hope.”

Circle of Courage

Desiree Wallace

Donor Name: Desiree Wallace

Involvement with Children’s Minnesota: Desiree has been an employee at Children’s Minnesota for more than 20 years. She has worked in a variety of roles – as a child life specialist, a family relations liaison, an organizational development consultant, a Lean consultant and currently as a human resources business partner.

As an employee, Desiree has given back to Children’s by donating to the Employee Giving Campaign, leading employee giving team engagement activities and participating in benefit events like Shine Bright Bash.

Why I give: “It’s my opportunity to help others! I am passionate about the mission of Children’s. I love my current job, and every position that I’ve had here, because I get to make a difference, and Children’s makes me feel like that contribution is valued.”

Circle of Hope

Nick and Briana Koch

Donor Name: Nick and Briana Koch

Involvement with Children’s Minnesota: Days before celebrating his first birthday in March 2015, Aiden, Nick and Briana’s son, was diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation called Mitochondria DNA Depletion Syndrome 2, the 46th confirmed case in the world. Aiden spent most of his last two months of life receiving care at Children’s Minnesota. To honor Aiden’s memory, his family has sponsored artwork displayed in our Minneapolis campus and provided support for genomic medicine at Children’s.

Why I give: “We received the highest level of care and compassion when we were in Children’s with Aiden. We want other children and parents to have the same experience we did and we feel like we honor Aiden positively each time we give.”

Guardian Circle

Myrna Rose Strand

Donor Name: Myrna Rose Strand

Involvement with Children’s Minnesota: Myrna began volunteering for and donating to Children’s Minnesota more than 30 years ago after a nurse from Children’s came to talk to the second grade class she was teaching. After hundreds of volunteer hours with several different departments within the hospital, Myrna is continuing her legacy with a planned gift to benefit neuroscience research.

Why I give: “It has been important to me to support Children’s and help carry on the work of Dr. Ramsey, who founded Children’s Hospital of St. Paul in 1924. Neurology is a very interesting field to me, and it’s important to study the brain, which is why my planned gift will establish an endowment for neuroscience research. I can’t take my money with me, so I want it to do good when I’m gone.”

Endowed Funds

Mark and Joan Davy; Maureen Davy Tesch and Daren Tesch; Michael and Whitney Davy

Donor Name: Mark and Joan Davy, Maureen Davy Tesch and Daren Tesch, Michael and Whitney Davy

Involvement with Children’s Minnesota: The Davy family gives to save and change lives. Following the death of their daughter Anne, who passed away at 17 from brain cancer in 1991, Mark and Joan, along with the rest of their family, chose to honor her life by supporting Children’s. They founded The Anne Elizabeth Davy Pediatric Oncology Nursing Education Endowment to support the education and training of those who made a profound impression on Anne, our nurses.

Why I give: “The nurses who cared for Anne brought her much joy and peace during a very challenging time. She loved each and every one of them. We felt that creating this endowment, in Anne’s memory, would assist the oncology nursing staff at Children’s in providing the same care and support to future patients that meant so much to Anne and our family.”


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