Medtronic Bakken Invitation Honorees and a Giveaway

The Bakken Invitation Award goes to incredible individuals who overcame difficult health complications thanks to lifesaving medical technology. With their newfound health, they decided to give back to the community to help others who had similar health problems. Honorees of the Bakken Invitation Award earn a $20,000 grant from Medtronic Foundation Philanthropy to a charity of their choice.

Medtronic Foundation believes that everyone should be able to get the healthcare that they deserve. #BakkenInvitation inspires others to give back, and show others that with quality healthcare, anything is possible, especially people using their “extra life” to give back.

One story that reached out to me was that of Vincent Browne, of Galway, Ireland. Vincent suffers from cardiovascular disease and has had multiple heart attacks. Stents saved his life. he has volunteered with Croรญ, the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation for the past 18 years. He has helped raised funds to bring heart disease prevention and recovery to so many people in Ireland.


My own father has had a 6-way bi-pass open heart surgery, and many stents, so cardiac issues are a close issue. We would love to find a cure to heart disease. I would love to see my Dad have an easier time recovering after procedures. He’s still a young guy, so I want him to be around for a long, long time.

Right now, you can enter to win a $100 Visa gift card, which you can always use to give back in your community if you’d like! Entering is easy! Read about the Honorees, and leave me a comment telling me who inspires you the most.
Due to technical difficulties with the form, I will manually draw a winner at 9:00 pm EST on March 14, 2016.ย  Contestants must be in the US only, please, and ages 18 and up.

Also, if you life with medical technology, tell me your story, I’m genuinely curious. I want to know how you #LiveOnGiveOn.


Be sure to follow Bakken on Facebook, and Medtronic Foundation Philanthropy on Twitter.



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  1. I am very inspired by Twinkleโ€™s story because I cannot imagine having to live with chronic pain. She not only has had to deal with this symptom of her medical condition, but she has used her life to raise awareness for CRPS/RSD and neuropathic pain diseases and disorders. Wow!

    I give back to my community by donating clothing and personal needs to our local womens shelter. I do this because I know how fortunate I am to have more than I really need, and want to do what I can to help others.

    Fortunately, at this time I am not living with medical technology.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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