GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn -- The Bakken Invitation is a global program that Medtronic launched in 2013 to celebrate those who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now selflessly giving back to their communities.

This year, the Bakken Invitation honors 10 inspirational individuals who have used their "extra life" to serve others. The program reflects the community-minded spirit of Earl Bakken, founder of Medtronic, and his dream of people giving back after receiving life- saving medical technology. Honorees designate a non-profit to receive a $20,000 charitable grant from Medtronic Philanthropy.

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