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Accessible Summer Fun For All

Accessible Summer Fun For All

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Posted On: Jun 27, 2016
By: Greta Cunningham
The therapeutic recreation specialists at Gillette can help plan family summer activities to make sure children who have mobility or health challenges can have fun in the sun. Read more »
Mauer and Friends Kids Classic Connects Patients, Sports Stars
Jun 22, 2016

Mauer and Friends Kids Classic Connects Patients, Sports Stars

The Mauer and Friends Kids Classic united sports heroes and supporters of Gillette to improve the lives of kids who have disabilities and complex medical conditions. Minnesota Twins first-baseman Joe Mauer and his wife Maddie hosted the event at the Twins' Target Field.
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From Minnesota to Alaska, Specialized Care Means Possibilities for Javier
Jun 20, 2016

From Minnesota to Alaska, Specialized Care Means Possibilities for Javier

Javier loves spending his summers in Alaska with his mom. But until recently, his family feared those visits might end. Learn how new technology is helping Javier continue his favorite summertime tradition.
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A Promise to Her Dad Motivates Maria Renata
Jun 16, 2016

A Promise to Her Dad Motivates Maria Renata

Seven-year-old Maria Renata Sanchez Diaz traveled 1,600 miles from her home in Mexico City to Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare as part of her plan to keep a promise to her dad.
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Alexis Dances through Scoliosis
Jun 15, 2016

Alexis Dances through Scoliosis

The very thing that threatened Alexis' future as a dancer—a diagnosis of scoliosis—has today made her a better performer than ever. Read how this talented teen's dedication, along with support from her Gillette team, prevented a surgery that would have ended her dancing career.
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Saving Ahriana After Near-Tragic Accident
Jun 8, 2016

Saving Ahriana After Near-Tragic Accident

"Don't think it won't happen to you," says Ahriana's mom, Cassie Sonnentag. Ahriana sustained serious injuries when a TV fell on her in a terrible accident. See how her family's quick action and care from the Level I Pediatric Trauma Center saved her life.
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Weighted Blankets Bring Calm and Comfort
Jun 6, 2016

Weighted Blankets Bring Calm and Comfort

Parents of children who have anxiety issues report a weighted blanket or vest can bring calm and reduce stress. Children who have autism, brain injuries or other health issues are often helped by using the weighted items.
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Top 5 Summer Safety Hazards for Kids
Jun 2, 2016

Top 5 Summer Safety Hazards for Kids

For many children and families, summer means plenty of fun in the sun. Parents, however, need to be cautious. Many outdoor activities can end with injuries or – even worse – a trip to the emergency room.
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Gillette Family Makes “Field of Dreams” a Reality
May 26, 2016

Gillette Family Makes “Field of Dreams” a Reality

The Feyereisen family built a sandlot field in their backyard to inspire inclusiveness and teach kindness among their triplet sons, who have varying degrees of disabilities, and their friends. It's come to resemble a real-life "Field of Dreams."
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NPR’s “Tiny Desk” Winner Reflects on Music, Living with Rare Condition
May 25, 2016

NPR’s “Tiny Desk” Winner Reflects on Music, Living with Rare Condition

Gaelynn Lea, a musician from Duluth, Minnesota, recently won National Public Radio's distinguished Tiny Desk Contest. She also has osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). Learn more about Lea, what brought her to Gillette as a teenager, and her advice for children living with OI.
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Meet Us Monday - Greta Cunningham, Content Specialist
May 23, 2016

Meet Us Monday - Greta Cunningham, Content Specialist

Greta Cunningham, content specialist, enjoys interviewing patients, families and clinical staff to share the work being done at Gillette. She's a former broadcaster at Minnesota Public Radio and feels her background as a journalist and mom helps her craft her stories.
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