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(View the Bakken Invitation video here)
Live On. Give On: Ten inspirational people will be awarded a $20,000 charitable
donation and be honored at an awards celebration in Hawaii as part of the first
annual Bakken Invitation
MINNEAPOLIS - May 20, 2013- Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT) announced today that
applications are being accepted for the inaugural Bakken Invitation, a global
program designed to celebrate those who, with the help of medical technology,
have overcome health challenges and are now selflessly giving back to their
communities. The application deadline is June 28.
Medtronic will honor ten inspirational individuals who have used their "extra
to serve others with a $20,000 charitable grant, donated to a non-profit
organization selected by the honoree, and an awards celebration in Hawaii from
Nov. 15 - 17, 2013.
The Bakken Invitation is inspired by Earl Bakken, an inventor, entrepreneur,
philanthropist and co-founder of Medtronic. He is best known for developing the
first external, battery-powered, transistorized wearable pacemaker, an invention
that has saved millions of lives and shaped the modern medical device industry.
Bakken also is a patient. He estimates his pacemaker, coronary stents and
insulin pump have given him more than 10 years of "extra life," which he has
used to give back through substantial community involvement.
"While medical technology improves the life of one person at a time, it also
creates a social impact that reaches far beyond one patient," says Bakken.
"I've been asking the same question for years, 'What are you going to do with
your extra life?' If medical technology is helping you, as it helps me, then
my hope is that one can think of ways, big or small, to give back."
To qualify, nominees 14 years or older must use a medical device therapy to
treat the following disease categories: heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain,
spinal disorders, or neurological, gastroenterology and urological disorders.
All applicants with eligible medical technology are welcome to apply, regardless
of device manufacturer. Applicants must have an established relationship of
involvement with a legal non-profit organization for six months or more.
Applications will be accepted May 20 until June 28, 2013. To apply or nominate
someone for this honor, visit www.LiveOnGiveOn.org. A selection committee will
review all nominations, and winners will be announced in August.
Follow the program and stay inspired with real-time updates on
Facebook.com/Medtronic and Twitter.com/Medtronic #LiveOnGiveOn
About Medtronic Philanthropy
Medtronic Philanthropy focuses on expanding access to quality chronic disease
care among underserved populations worldwide, in addition to supporting health
initiatives in communities where Medtronic employees live and give.
Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global
leader in medical technology-alleviating pain, restoring health and extending
life for millions of people around the world.
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