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Favre 4 Hope Foundation adopts a room at U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital

Amari Salkey bumps fists with Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. (Photo: Jana Noonan)Football legend Brett Favre and his wife, Deanna, made a surprise visit October 29 to announce their commitment of $200,000 to University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital through the Favre 4 Hope Foundation.

The gift is directed to the Adopt A Room program, which will provide kids in the new hospital facility with a customized, private room that’s designed to give kids more control of their environment and accelerate healing.

“I was inspired by the courage and faith of the families we visited,” Brett Favre said in a statement. “I hope what we did today will help to make hospital stays less stressful for families and allow them to focus on their child’s recovery.”

Deanna (center) and Brett Favre present a $200,000 check to University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital pediatrician-in-chiefelect Joseph Neglia, M.D., M.P.H. (far left); president Kathie Taranto; and vice president of facilities and operations Russ Williams. (Photo: Jana Noonan)The Favres started talking about ways to help charities in Minnesota just days after Brett decided to come back for a second season with the Minnesota Vikings.

Representatives from the Favre 4 Hope Foundation anonymously called several charities in Minnesota in early September for information about their programs. Weeks later, four organizations—including University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital—got the news that they’d be receiving visits from the Favre family on October 29.

“We were in stealth mode until the decisions were made as to who would benefit,” says Deanna Favre, chief executive officer of the Favre 4 Hope Foundation.

Kathie Taranto, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital president, says her team is grateful to have worked with the Favre foundation over the last two months.

“The Favre 4 Hope Adopt A Room will provide an environment of hope and healing for children and families battling childhood illness,” Taranto adds. “We are honored to be part of the foundation’s legacy.”

Learn more about the Favre gift or about how you or your company can adopt a room at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital at

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