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December 2011 Archives


Play experiences can help children cope with and adjust to illness and hospitalization. Child-Family Life staff can use your gifts to purchase the items our patients need most, such as toys, games, and other supplies.


Besides the Vikings' monthly visits to University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital, head coach Leslie Frazier recently announced that players and coaches have sponsored the Minnesota Vikings Adopt A Room in the new hospital, and running back Lorenzo Booker has taken a leading role in promoting the Vikings Fitness Playbook program.

Several other players—including guard Steve Hutchinson and linebackers Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson—have made special contributions of their own to the hospital.

Maxine and Winston Wallin have contribute time and talent to the University and its efforts in the health sciences. (Photo: Don Dickinson)

The late Winston Wallin was keen to invest in promising but untested ideas. Today, that inclination is advancing brain research at the University of Minnesota.

(From left to right) University physicians John Wagner, M.D., and Margaret MacMillan, M.D.; Minnesota Vikings quarterback and former FSU player, Christian Ponder; Ethan, Trey, Candi, and Jimbo Fisher; Rebecca Kill; and Karen Kaler and University President

When the Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi, learned earlier this year that their youngest son, 6-year-old Ethan, has a rare blood disease called Fanconi anemia, they dealt with the devastating news in private. Then they decided to use their visibility in the media to raise awareness of the disease as well as money for research at the University of Minnesota.

Children's Cancer Research Fund's 31st annual Dawn of a Dream event on November 5 raised more than $970,000 for pediatric cancer research at the University of Minnesota. Sue Hodder posthumously was awarded the organization's highest honor, its Dream Maker

Suzanne (Sue) Holmes Hodder thrived on helping others. She was always happy to support her friends and even strangers through projects she believed in. And she particularly cherished her volunteer role with Children's Cancer Research Fund, an organization launched by her close friends Diana and Norm Hageboeck after their daughter Katie died of leukemia in 1979 at age 13.

Mark and Jackie Hegman

The Dayton and Hegman families understand that living with diabetes is a constant struggle. Edward "Ned" Dayton and his wife, Sherry Ann, have helped their son Michael manage his type 1 diabetes since his childhood. He is now 43. And Jackie Hegman and her husband, Mark, have contended with her type 2 diabetes for more than 20 years. The Daytons and Hegmans also understand that when you're in a tough spot, you need powerful allies.

A high-tech classroom made possible by Mercy Health System and its president and CEO, Javon Bea, M.H.A., promotes a collaborative style of learning (Photo: Scott Streble)

Mayo D325 is no ordinary classroom. Gone are the podium and rows of tables and chairs — and along with it, the lecture-and-notes model of education that traditionally has transpired there. The classroom reopened for fall semester as the Mercy Learning Lab, a redesigned and re-equipped facility that includes larger tables meant to promote discussion and teamwork.

The Chorzempa family.

In the beginning, Martin and Jan Chorzempa donated to cancer research because they believed it was the right thing to do. Then, in 1990, their interest in the disease became personal — and their contributions felt more crucial — as Jan Chorzempa was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Influenced by Cubism and Impressionism, Jimmy Reagan is the featured artis for WineFest No. 17 — A Toast to Children's Health. (Photo: Jim Bovin)

Many artists begin a portrait with the eyes. Jimmy Reagan, this year’s WineFest artist, is no different. “When you’re somebody with autism, eye contact is really difficult,” explains Jimmy’s mother, Peg Schneeman Reagan.


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