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TV Coverage Captures Tree Lighting

Posted On: 11/21/2013

On Monday evening, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare illuminated a tree with 10,000 lights visible for miles in downtown St. Paul. The tree is a symbol of the hope our patients and families have, the expertise of our staff, and the generosity of our donors. The event attracted coverage from local TV stations KARE 11, WCCO and FOX 9. You can also donate and help us light Gillette's tree. 

Dairy Queen Recognizes Manager’s Good Deed with Donation to Gillette Children’s

Posted On: 10/10/2013

Joey Prusak, the 19-year-old manager of a Hopkins, Minn., Dairy Queen store, had just finished serving one of his regular customers when he witnessed behavior best described as a random act of unkindness.  His customer, a visually impaired man, unknowingly dropped a $20 bill from his pocket.  A woman in line behind him quickly picked up the money and slipped it into her purse.  Prusak earned national acclaim when his good deed—refusing to serve the woman, then giving his customer $20 from his own wallet—exploded on the Internet. 

Prusak has since received praise from millions (including Dairy Queen owner Warren Buffett!) for his actions—a good deed he modestly describes as “the right thing to do.”  And this week, Dairy Queen honored Prusak in a way that’s in keeping with the spirit of his actions—presenting a $5,000 check in his name to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the company’s charitable partner.  Locally, those funds will help thousands of children treated at St. Paul, Minn. based Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare.

Dairy Queen President and CEO John Gainor also presented Prusak with the company’s prestigious Red Spoon Award in recognition of his actions, which reflect the company’s commitment to integrity

Local Television Coverage of Laugh Out Loud Twin Cities

Posted On: 10/09/2013

ARE coverage of Jerrid Sebesta, the event’s emcee, with Howie Mandel. On Saturday, Sept. 28, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare hosted its second annual comedy event, Laugh Out Loud Twin Cities, with resounding success.  The event drew coverage from several television outlets, including KARE, WCCO and FOX 9. It also received significant Twitter interactions from local celebrities, including KARE’s Jerrid Sebesta (the event's emcee, pictured here with headliner Howie Mandel), KS95’s Shannon Holly, the Star Tribune’s Neal Justin, and Howie himself.

LOLTC Featured in Twin Cities Business

Posted On: 09/11/2013

Laugh Out Loud Twin Cities, an upcoming comedy event benefiting Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, was featured in the “Plugged In” section of Twin Cities Business’ September issue.  The event is slated for Saturday, Sept. 28, and will feature comedian Howie Mandel. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.



Mpls. St. Paul Magazine Honors Gillette Nurse

Posted On: 09/11/2013

The August issue of Mpls. St. Paul Magazine recognized 13 Twin Cities nurses as part of their Outstanding Nurse Awards. Among the honorees included Jenny Bucka, a nurse on Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  Read more about Jenny, including why she calls herself a “lifer” at Gillette, and how our patients inspire her.


KARE 11 Captures Camp Get-A-Well-A Fun

Posted On: 08/28/2013

Summer is a busy time for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. That’s because many children receive major surgeries, and face lengthy recoveries, during the summer months to avoid missing valuable school time come fall.  That also means these children miss out on memorable summer experiences—like camp! 

But thanks to Camp Get-A-Well-A, Gillette patients were able to experience the fun of summer camp all last week. From campfire singalongs to carnival games, Camp Get-A-Well-A brought camp traditions to Gillette, for children of all abilities to enjoy.  Local TV station KARE 11 captured the fun of an evening visit from the Minnesota Zoo — including animals for kids to see (and, in some cases, even touch)!



Blizzards Hit Twin Cities TV Stations on Miracle Treat Day

Posted On: 08/13/2013

Television stations throughout the Twin Cities joined Dairy Queen and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in celebrating Miracle Treat Day on Thursday, August 8.  On-air personalities, including KARE 11’s Kim Insley and Tim McNiff and WCCO’s Jamie Yucca and Mike Augustyniak, enjoyed a Blizzard breakfast—and encouraged viewers to visit their own local Dairy Queen to support children with disabilities. Coverage also aired on KSTP and FOX 9.

Gillette Children’s Names New Chief Executive

Posted On: 07/30/2013

6-Year-Old Teaches Classmates about Prostheses and Orthoses

Posted On: 05/08/2013

At 6 years old, Elijah Brummond does everything a normal kindergartener would, from running and jumping to practicing tae kwon do. He does all of this using a prosthetic leg. Elijah’s foot and part of his leg did not fully develop while in-utero, the result of a condition called fibular hemimelia. When Elijah was a baby, his parents decided to have doctors at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare amputate the affected foot. Then, when he was just 1 year old, Elijah got his first prosthetic, giving him lifelong independence and mobility.

John Sytniak, CPO, shows students how a myoelectric prosthesis works.

As a school-aged child, Elijah’s classmates often express curiosity about his prosthesis. And, like any 6-year-old, Elijah also has questions himself. To help educate Elijah and his classmates, his mother worked with Gillette prosthetist Michelle Hall, CPO, FAAOP, to organize a one-of-a-kind field trip to experience how prostheses and orthoses (braces) are used and made. During the April 24 field trip, the students were able to do things such as trial a myoelectric prosthetic arm, make a plaster mold of their thumb and foot, walk in prosthetic legs, and take a tour of Gillette’s Assistive Technology Department, where the prostheses are made.

The boots pictured behind Elijah allowed his classmates to experience what it feels like to walk with a prosthetic limb.

As April was Limb Loss Awareness Month, it provided a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about amputees and the importance of prosthetics. It also gave the children a glimpse into Elijah’s life as an amputee and how he uses his own prosthetic leg. Students had a great day—especially Elijah, who led the way for his classmates.


Chris Kluwe visits Gillette and interviews Dr. Gormley!

Posted On: 10/10/2012

Gillette welcomed a special guest earlier this week – Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe!  Kluwe visited Gillette to interview Dr. Mark Gormley as part of a documentary film to raise awareness and support for people living with spinal cord injuries.  As part of the film, which is being created by a Gillette patient family, Kluwe spent the entire day in a wheelchair!  Here’s a preview of the day’s activities. We’ll share more, including photos of our visitors joining with Dr. Gormley to sign Gillette’s CurePity Pledge, next week.

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