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Giving Matters

Fall 2013

Heart rescue

Demetri Yannopoulos, M.D., is improving on today's best CPR techniques to better protect the heart, work that recently earned him the National Institutes of Health's Transformative Research Award. (Photo: Scott Streble)

Emergency responder aims to improve the odds for those who experience sudden cardiac arrest

Because he’s hardwired to help, Robert Eddy ‘74, a philanthropist and volunteer Sherburne County Sheriff’s deputy, former firefighter, and EMT, has made it his life’s mission to bring more people back to life after sudden cardiac arrest.

Opening doors to discovery

Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building

Philanthropy boosts the state’s investment in the University’s Biomedical Discovery District

The Biomedical Discovery District at the University of Minnesota has a clear-cut mission: to bring breakthroughs in the laboratory to patients as quickly as possible. And with a boost from philanthropy, that vision is becoming reality.

The healing power of food

MPH student Jason Champagne believes that community cooking events, like this one on the White Mountain Apache reservation in eastern Arizona, will bring Native people together again. (Photo: Mike Henry)

Scholarship support allows public health student to reintroduce healthier foods into Native American culture

“Healing is the most important ingredient in Native American cooking,” says chef Jason Champagne, a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and student in the School of Public Health who is pursuing a master’s degree in public health nutrition. “Indigenous foods are a path to health and a way for us to recover our communities.”

Gift spotlights a rare and deadly cancer

Betti Boers Maloney cherished time with her family, especially her three grandchildren. (Photo courtesy of Tom Maloney)

No one was more stunned than Tom Maloney when his wife was diagnosed with appendix cancer nearly three years ago. Betti Boers Maloney had always been fit, active, and health-conscious. At 60, after raising four children (a blended family, formed when the couple married in 1984) and working as the office manager for her husband’s medical device materials business, she looked like the picture of health.

Determined to lessen the burden of schizophrenia

Agnes and a young Anna Belle Johnson, long before her schizophrenia diagnosis. (Photo courtesy of Dorothy Sayers, R.N.)

Agnes Johnson spent decades worrying about her daughter, Ana Belle, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 16. As Johnson aged, she decided to set up a fund to ensure that Ana Belle would always be cared for; in the event of Ana Belle’s death, her mother wanted the money to go to the University of Minnesota, where it could support schizophrenia research. When Ana Belle died two years ago, Johnson’s careful planning resulted in a generous gift to the U.

It’s your estate, you decide


The vast majority of Americans no longer have to worry about federal estate taxes, but a will or living trust is still vital for making your wishes known about distributing your estate.

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New scholarship option gives students a Fast Start

(Photo: Will Dunder)

A. Stuart Hanson, M.D., went to Dartmouth College on a four-year scholarship that covered his tuition and books. The support was invaluable to a middle-class kid from South Minneapolis, and he never forgot it. “I think the day you receive a scholarship, you have a desire to give back,” says Hanson, who recently retired after a lifelong career as a pulmonologist with Park Nicollet Clinic in Minneapolis. “So that’s what I’m doing.”

Adopt A Room provides space to heal

Lizzie Bell (Photo: Jim Bovin)

Even when you’ve been hospitalized countless times and you’re supported by a loving network like Lizzie Bell’s … even when you’re as tough and brave as Lizzie herself, there’s nothing easy about a blood and marrow transplant. It’s a grueling and terrifying process. But thanks to several donors and the healing surroundings they’ve created, it’s a lot less scary for some young patients at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

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