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Vikings adopt a room at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital

The Minnesota Vikings present a custom jersey, commemorating their Adopt A Room, to U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital President Kathie Taranto and Physician-in-Chief Joseph Neglia, M.D., M.P.H. (Photo: Jim Bovin)

Team’s gift of $200,000 will coincide with additional $240,000 to the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics for research to treat and cure childhood diseases

The Minnesota Vikings and head coach Leslie Frazier have announced a gift of $200,000 for the Minnesota Vikings Adopt A Room at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. The endowed gift from the Vikings will furnish a patient’s room with today’s groundbreaking technologies and comfortable amenities while securing a place for future pioneering medical advancements.

Frazier, along with a group of other Vikings coaches and players, visited patients in the hospital on November 18 and unveiled a special jersey that will decorate the room.

“Watching a child battle a serious illness is one of the most difficult challenges a family can face,” Frazier says. “The Adopt A Room program allows for a better experience for the patients and their families during those challenging times. Adopting a room is a great way for the Vikings organization to support Minnesota families and show our continued commitment to children’s health.”

“We can truly transform the experience for hospitalized children by providing a healing environment that works to meet a family’s social and emotional needs as well as the complex health conditions of the child,” says Joseph P. Neglia, M.D., M.P.H., physician-in-chief of University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Minnesota Medical School. “We are so grateful for gifts like this from the Minnesota Vikings, which help to remind our community that we can all make a direct impact on the lives of children and their families.”

The Vikings will also donate $240,000 from the Vikings Children’s Fund (VCF) to the Department of Pediatrics for promising research to treat and cure childhood diseases. This critical funding allows researchers the opportunity to secure data and leverage national research awards. Of that gift, $80,000 will be directed to support the Vikings Fitness Playbook as part of a three-year commitment to tackle childhood obesity.

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