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I was so excited to be a part of Bakken and Medatronics Foundation Bakken Invitation program so that I could share with you all about this organization, what it does and the people it helps support.
Many of my readers probably know this about me but in case you don’t I wanted to explain why this was so important to me to be a part of. I was also given a second chance at life and went through my own health crisis that changed my life significantly.
I was 26 in 2010 and woke up one morning and had suffered a massive stroke in my sleep over the night. I was lucky to have great medical insurance and access to wonderful doctors who were able to help me recover as much as possible. Now six years later I am doing well and want to do what I can to raise awareness for health issues and treatment.
The Bakken Invitation is a global program that Medtronic Foundation Philanthropy launched in 2013 to connect and celebrate people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now selflessly giving back to their communities.
The Bakken Invitation award is annually given to patients from the Bakken Invitation Community recognizing extraordinary accomplishment. The program is named after Medtronic co-founder, Earl Bakken.
At Medtronic Foundation , we believe that everyone should be able to receive quality, affordable healthcare. As part of this effort, Medtronic Foundation is sharing patient success stories through programs like the Bakken Invitation to help educate and inspire other patients to manage their health condition.
The Bakken Invitation promotes access to healthcare and inspires others to give back. The program was designed to highlight how when people have access to quality healthcare, they not only can successfully manage their own health condition, they can use their “extra life” to help others.
We know medical technology can dramatically improve the life of one person. The Bakken Invitation Award Honorees demonstrate that it can have social impact that reaches beyond just that person.
Meet Tanya from Australia. She was born with a hole in her heart and a heart murmur. When she was 9 she had open heart surgery and then at 21 she woke up with a racing heart severe chest pain. She was diagnosed with a number of heart arrhythmias and received a pace maker.
After getting her pace maker she realized that there was very little in the way of cardiac support groups and also she was feeling at a loss of what to do with her life at that point. So she founded heartsforhearts to help give support and fill that void.
Each of the amazing honorees are each will be receiving a $20,000 charitable grant from Medtronic Foundation o further their mission and charity work. Tanya’s grant will be going to heartsfohearts which provides education, resources and support patients, medical professionals and the public for a better understanding of heart disease.
TANYA’S WORDS OF INSPIRATION
“Never give up on your dreams, no matter your circumstance.”
Ready to win $100 Visa Gift card to go out and give back?
Please go here to read the stories of all the honorees and learn what inspires them. Each one has provided a life tip that encourages everyone to do what they can to give back.
TO ENTER: In the Comments below, tell us which honoree you’re most inspired by and how you would use the $100 to give back. Or if you prefer, tell us how you’ve been given an extra life and are living with a medical device or using medical technology.
Winner will be selected on March 18, 2016.