Gillette is one of the only pediatric health care centers to have an ArmeoSpring machine. It’s a computer-enhanced activity specifically designed for kids who are regaining movement in the arm or hand. This robotic exoskeleton is especially useful to assist patients who are building strength as the result of trauma, cerebral palsy, neuromuscular conditions or stroke.
July 9, 2020
Keeping Cool in the Heat
The recent hot weather and high humidity has everyone looking for ways to keep cool. For people who have a disability the heat can pose a serious health concern.The Associate Medical Director of Pediatrics for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Madeleine Gagnon, MD, has advice to make sure everyone can have fun in the sun.
July 16, 2019
Fibular Hemimelia and the Fast, Full Life of Eli Brummond
April 14 was a rainy night at Target Field, but the rain didn’t stop the thousands in attendance from rising to their feet to cheer as Eli Brummond, 11, flew towards home plate. He was moving fast enough that you wouldn’t necessarily notice at first. Eli’s left leg is missing from just below his knee and he wears a prosthesis.
April 16, 2019
Therapeutic Recreation Provides Guidance for Activities for Children Who Have Disabilities
Rolling over, crawling. The first words, the first steps, the first bike ride. These actions seem small individually, but many serve as formative moments that represent individual progress. They’re the signs that we’re moving forward and the experiences we remember. However, for many of the patients and families at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, these milestones are often delayed—if they happen at all.
February 24, 2019
Sports, Fundraising and Fun at the Mauer and Friends Kids Classic
It's rare for a singular event to bring so much joy and meaning to so many individuals and organizations, but Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare's celebration of the 3rd Annual Mauer and Friends Kids Classic, did just that. The event took place on a perfect, June day, and 25 Gillette patients and their families had the experience of a lifetime down on the grass of Target Field.
June 26, 2018
Helping Matthew Find His Voice
“It’s Matthew’s machine, but communication is a two-way street. I need to know how to use it just as well as him.” – Martha Wilson, Matthew’s mom. Learn why the most important part of this mother-son relationship is his adapted communication device.
May 30, 2018
Gillette Hits a Home Run with Twins Kids Day
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare is proud of its long and strong relationship with the Minnesota Twins and is pleased to sponsor Kids Day each Sunday home game at Target Field.
April 6, 2018
Smiles for Miles at Pedal in Place and the Adapted Bike Expo
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare hosted two successful events aimed at helping kids of all abilities know the joy of riding a bike.
March 20, 2018
Gillette Helps Athletes with Paralympic Dreams
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare provides support and resources to help kids achieve their athletic goals. Our therapeutic recreation specialists take pride in helping kids improve their strength and flexibility while having the fun experience of playing sports.
March 9, 2018
Minnesota at its Best, Sled Hockey for Children who Have Disabilities
You know, there might be nothing more Minnesotan than lacing up a pair of skates and heading out to the rink. “You bet, you’d better believe it,” says Tony Lang of Loretto, Minnesota. “I grew up playing hockey my whole life. It’s a family tradition. In fact, when we had kids I built a rink in our backyard.”
February 22, 2018
You Can’t Buy Happiness, But You Can Buy a Bike
On Pedal in Place race day, participants jump on stationary bikes, battle it out with other teams, and race to good health—all while raising funds for kids who have cerebral palsy or other lifelong conditions. Many Gillette families say the adaptive bikes are helpful for their child's physical therapy and emotional well-being.
February 13, 2018
Diehard Vikings Fan Overcomes Disability, Snags Tickets to Super Bowl LII
Not one to sit on the sidelines, Danny Lilya’s wheelchair and congenital spine diagnosis have never defined him. From playing hockey to scoring field goals on the football team, find out how this athlete and Vikings fan is headed to the Super Bowl this weekend.
January 29, 2018
A Smile to Put the Sun Out of Business: How the Carothers Family Fights Their Happy Battles
"This kid is without a doubt my hero. I am without a doubt his biggest fan," says Ross Carothers of his son, Mikey, who has schizencephaly. Learn how the generosity of donors has supported Mikey's family and how they've given back in return.
October 12, 2017
The Story of Maia Gochez: Seashore Explorer, Road Trip Enthusiast
Maia Gochez pursues anything that catches her fancy: horseback riding, cute sandals, traveling the country. And she’s courageous enough to overcome anything that might stand in the way—even her cerebral palsy diagnosis.
August 15, 2017