FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Medtronic Announces 2011 "Global Heroes"
Distance Runners from Around the World Who Benefit from Medical Technology
to Run Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Events this Fall
MINNEAPOLIS - July 22, 2011 - Twenty-five long-distance runners who benefit
from medical technology will be honored as "Medtronic Global Heroes" when
they run the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or TC 10 Mile on Sunday,
October 2, 2011.
This year's team includes runners from 10 different countries including
Australia, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United
Kingdom and the United States. Each runner has a medical device to treat
conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, spinal disorders, chronic pain
or neurological disorders. The Medtronic Global Heroes program, launched in
2006, celebrates their accomplishments and passion for running, which
serves as an inspiration to others living with chronic diseases.
Global Heroes participants are selected by Twin Cities In Motion, the
non-profit organization that directs the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. In
addition to providing race entry and travel expenses, the Medtronic
Foundation will donate $1,000 in honor of each runner to a non-profit
patient organization that educates and supports people who live with the
Global Hero's condition.
Additional information about the Medtronic Global Heroes program can be
found at www.medtronic.com/globalheroes
Visit the Medtronic Global Heroes Facebook page.
The 2011 Medtronic Global Heroes are:
Jonas Alpsten, Karlstad, Sweden
Alpsten has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
Russell Bestley, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Bestley has a pacemaker to treat a heart arrhythmia.
Lindsey Burch, Mission, Kansas
Burch has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
William Clotfelter, Depew, New York
Clotfelter has a pacemaker to treat a heart arrythmia.
Carolina Dimsdale, Durham, North Carolina
Dimsdale has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to treat
sudden cardiac arrest.
Kathleen Hammett, Hollywood, Maryland
Hammett has an implantable neurostimulator for bladder control.
Roger Hanney, Petersham, Australia
Hanney has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
Haim Leibovich, Udim, Israel
Leibovich has a stent to treat coronary artery disease.
Erica Minner, Lebanon, Ohio
Minner has a pacemaker to treat a heart arrhythmia.
Brian Nash, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nash has a heart valve replacement to facilitate blood flow.
Kate Nguyen, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Nguyen has an ICD to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
Francisco Agustin Palma Sanchez, Sevilla, Spain
Palma Sanchez has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
Ania Ritter, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ritter has a pacemaker to treat a heart arrhythmia.
Ten Mile Participants
Emily Bredehoft, San Jose, California
Bredehoft has an implantable neurostimulator to treat chronic pain caused
by a neurological condition.
John Dunn, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Dunn has an ICD to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
Lindsay Gossack, Seattle, Washington
Gossack has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
David Hoffman, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Hoffman has a heart valve replacement to facilitate blood flow.
Terje Husøy,Heidal, Norway
Husøy has a pacemaker to treat a heart arrhythmia.
Julio Cesar Batista Lucas, Franca, Brazil
Lucas has an insulin pump to manage diabetes
Julie Manning, Austin, Texas
Manning has an ICD to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
Michael Nall, Mentor, Ohio
Nall has a stent to treat coronary artery disease.
Heidi Owen, Stewartville, Minnesota
Owen has an ICD to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
Gary Pauley, Parker, South Dakota
Pauley receives deep brain stimulation from an implantable neurostimulator
to manage symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.
Francesca Polese, Milano, Italy
Polese has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
Ron Rubin, Clayton, Missouri
Rubin has an ICD to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
About Global Heroes
A cooperative effort between Twin Cities In Motion and the Medtronic
Foundation, the Global Heroes program recognizes runners from around the
world who have a medical device to treat conditions such as heart disease,
diabetes, chronic pain and spinal and neurological disorders. There is no
restriction on manufacturer.
About Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Known as the Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in AmericaTM, the Medtronic Twin
Cities Marathon is a three-day weekend celebration of fitness that includes
the Medtronic TC Family Events, TC 5K, TC 10K, the Medtronic TC 10 Mile,
and the marathon. Twin Cities In Motion is the non-profit organization that
directs race weekend as a community service for the Minneapolis/St. Paul
area. Visit tcmevents.org for more information.
About the Medtronic Foundation
The Medtronic Foundation is committed to improving the lives of people
around the world living with chronic disease. Its grant making is focused
in three areas: health, education and community.
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 worldwide.