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Medtronic Foundation Recognizes 12 Bakken Invitation Honorees For Driving Positive Change In Healthcare

Medtronic Foundation

Program Celebrates the Legacy of Medtronic Co-Founder Earl Bakken and Other Outstanding Patient Advocates Around the World

MINNEAPOLIS and Kona, Hawaii - January 9, 2019 - The Medtronic Foundation today announced 12 individuals from around the world as recipients of the 2018 Bakken Invitation. This Medtronic Foundation program recognizes and connects people who "live on, give on and dream on" through their advocacy, contributions to innovation and volunteerism after overcoming health challenges with the help of medical technology.

Named after the late Earl Bakken, who understood the impact of medical technology on his own life and its ability to give years of "extra life" to a variety of philanthropic efforts, the Bakken Invitation was launched six years ago to connect empowered patients who affect social change, transform healthcare and inspire others. The 2018 honorees will convene today in Hawaii, Earl's home in recent years for five days of inspiring workshops. During the multi-day retreat, they will receive leadership skills training, connect and share ideas with other like-minded individuals and be recognized for their achievements by the Medtronic Foundation.

This year's recipients are from 12 different countries and represent multiple diseases and medical conditions. The 2018 honorees include:

Eduardo Caminada Jr., Brazil
Giovanna Campioni, Italy
Candice Coghlan, Canada
Amber Huett-Garcia, United States
Komal Kanitkar, India
Christine Katusiime, Uganda
George Kwayu, Tanzania
YongWoo Lee, South Korea
Roland Malkin, United Kingdom
Ashley Ng, Australia
Raican Dan Stoian, Romania
Rui Zhang, China


"I'm honored to participate in the Bakken Invitation as I believe in its mission to affect positive social change - only through collaborations such as these can we continue to make important strides forward," said recipient Eduardo Caminada Jr. "Every day, I see the ways public education and awareness activities can make a difference not only in the minds of individuals to reduce stigma surrounding a disease, but also in influencing government and policy stakeholders."

"The Bakken Invitation is just one example of how the Medtronic Foundation is empowering patients and elevating their perspectives and experiences," said Paurvi Bhatt, Medtronic Foundation president. "We recognize that positive change in healthcare is only possible when the powerful insight, influence and skills of patients is put into action. That's why we're proud to equip these patients with tools to catalyze their work as leaders and further position them to transform healthcare in meaningful and sustainable ways for years to come."

Learn more about the 2018 honorees at http://www.foundation.medtronic.com/us-en/index/civic-engagement/bakken-home-page.html and see highlights during the event on the Medtronic Foundation's Facebook and Twitter.

About the Bakken Invitation
  The Bakken Invitation furthers the community-minded vision of the late Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken. Bakken had a pacemaker, insulin pump and several heart stents, which he says gave him years of "extra life" to continue his community involvement. He regularly asked medical technology recipients, "What are you doing with your extra life?"

Since its inception in 2013, the Bakken Invitation has honored more than 70 individuals and invested approximately $1 million to support their work across the globe.

About the Medtronic Foundation
  Medtronic plc is the sole funder of Medtronic Foundation, whose focus is on expanding access to quality chronic disease care among underserved populations worldwide, as well as supporting health initiatives in communities where Medtronic employees live and give.

For more information please visit www.medtronic.com/foundation


  Allison Frailich
  Medtronic Foundation
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