Kids Health Matters
Behind every breakthrough in our research and behind all the exceptional care at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, there is a community of generous donors who help make it possible. When we share stories on Kids Health Matters throughout the year, we are not only applauding the achievements of our patients and providers–we’re celebrating the extraordinary impact philanthropy has on our work.
December 15, 2020
Tune In and Make a Difference – KS95 For Kids Radiothon
Like so many of our favorite events, the 2020 KS95 for Kids Radiothon will look a little bit different this year – but the switch to a fully-virtual Radiothon means that there are even more ways to show your support!
December 10, 2020
Not All Heroes Wear Capes, But Colton Does
For families like Colton’s, the costs of care can be overwhelming. That’s why our donor-funded Gillette Assistance Program exists—to help families worry less about finances so they can focus solely on their child’s care. Not all heroes wear capes, but you can become a hero for kids like Colton when you support Gillette with your donation today.
November 30, 2020
Together, We CAN Support Research at Gillette
There's a new level of excitement and commitment to conducting research at Gillette that could change and improve the lives of countless numbers of children everywhere, and donor support is pivotal in leading the charge.
August 31, 2020
When Life Hands You COVID-19…Make a Virtual Lemonade Stand
Joe Carr is a socially connected doer and thinker so a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic was not about to stop him from launching his 5th annual Lemonade Stand Fundraiser for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. In fact, Joe and his team say in a strange twist COVID-19 might make this year of fund raising even more successful.
July 16, 2020
Kids Health Heroes Vol. 2
Kids Health Heroes is a series that highlights a few of the incredible individuals and community partners who are stepping forward to keep Gillette strong and resilient throughout this public health emergency. This post celebrates #GiveAtHomeMN donors, DAIRY QUEEN, and Home Depot. We thank all of our donors for their generous support, and invite you to join them with your contribution today.
May 7, 2020
Kids Health Heroes
Kids Health Heroes is a series that highlights a few of the incredible individuals and community partners who are stepping forward to keep Gillette strong and resilient throughout this public health emergency. This post celebrates Gillette donor Michael Owens, local restaurants and caterers, and businesses donating masks. We thank all of our donors for their generous support, and invite you to join them with your contribution today.
April 23, 2020
Creating Community from a Distance
During this time of isolation, everyone is looking for ways to stay in touch with the people and causes they care about. In the weeks ahead, we’ll be exploring new ways to connect with one another while also staying safe. Learn five easy ways you can support Gillette and create community together, from a distance.
March 26, 2020
Gillette Assistance Program (GAP) Changes Lives
Nicole Leinonen says she’ll never forget the phone call that she says changed her life. “Every time I think of that phone call from Gillette telling me that I qualified for some financial assistance I get emotional. I’m amazed at how generous people are,” Nicole says. “The Gillette Assistance Program (GAP) means I can focus on Ella and her needs. I don’t have to be so stressed worrying about how, as a single parent, I can pay for her care.”
November 7, 2019
Dog Treats Mean Business for Teen Who Has CP
Learn about how Jennifer and her son Nick, a Gillette patient who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, came up with an idea for a part-time business making dog treats and turned it into a reality that they hope will provide employment opportunities to other young adults who have disabilities.
October 24, 2019
Virtual Reality Bolsters Clinical Care at Gillette
The hospital can be a scary place for anyone, especially a child, and no matter how nice the staff is or how thoughtfully the clinical spaces are designed, it’s usually difficult for a patient to forget they’re in one. At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, that’s no longer the case.
July 17, 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
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
Help Fund Animal-Assisted Therapy at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
“I don’t think it would surprise anyone to learn that a lot of children love dogs,” says Emily DeBreto. “While we’ve had volunteers bring in therapeutic dogs at the hospital for comfort, we wanted to get our dogs more involved with the actual functional aspects of the therapy we’re providing.”
November 16, 2017
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
Brain Injury and Concussion
Who Andrew Runs For: The Hospital That Saved His Life
Twenty years after a traumatic brain injury, the Twin Cities Marathon will welcome Andrew Leitner to the starting line. With his running bib emblazoned, "Gillette 1" he pays homage to hospital that he volunteers for...and the one that saved his life.
September 20, 2017
A Shiny Red Bike for Gavin, Just in Time for Summer
Gavin, age 5, recently achieved his dream of bike-riding with his older brother! See how fundraising helped give Gavin a adapted bike of his own.
July 20, 2017