Medtronic Community Partners: Medtronic Foundation

1:05 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn  --  This month's TC Community Spotlight focuses on the Medtronic Foundation.  Jacob A. Gayle, Ph.D., Vice President, Community Affairs and Executive Director of the Medtronic Foundation, explained that while they are a global Foundation, their commitment to health starts right here in Minnesota, home of their corporate headquarters and where more than 8,000 of their 45,000 employees work and live.

The Medtronic Foundation is partnering with several events right now:

  • They are the premiere sponsor of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.  
  • Coming up on Saturday, February 2,  the whole family can get involved with the TC Kids indoor fun run at the U of M Fieldhouse. One in a series of three family runs throughout the year to promote health for life.
  • They sponsor the Cell Lab at the Minnesota Science Museum, where kids of all ages can learn about how the body works.
  • They are (involved in) the upcoming return of "Body Worlds & the cycle of life" at the Science Museum January 18 through May 5, as well. (the latest exhibition from physician and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, you'll see the body throughout the human life cycle and across the arc of aging.)
  • They support the Bakken Museum--A museum with electrifying exhibits and activities that are fun for kids and families with the world's leading collection of books and artifacts on the history of electricity in life.
  • In February, you'll be able to interact virtually with Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves in an online simulator as you learn to save-a-life from sudden cardiac arrest. Medtronic Foundation started the HeartRescue Project to help increase survival from this leading killer.
  • Gayle will be the honorary chair of the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign to fill food shelves around the state in a time of great need.

The Medtronic Foundation is working with local partners to help contribute to a vibrant Twin Cities. As part of their overall goal to provide access to health, they are contributing to a healthy Twin Cities community.

You can learn more about the work of the Medtronic Foundation at

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