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|2010 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon “Global Heroes” Celebrate Accomplishment|
Extraordinary Runners from Around the World Complete Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Events with Help from Medical Technology
MINNEAPOLIS – Oct. 5, 2010 – Twenty-four Medtronic Global Heroes, long-distance runners who benefit from medical technology, successfully completed either the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or the Medtronic TC 10 Mile on Sunday, Oct. 3.
These extraordinary runners hail from the United States and nine other countries, including Canada, Chile, China, Finland, Italy, Serbia, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Global Heroes is a cooperative effort between the Medtronic Foundation and Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. that celebrates the accomplishments of runners who have medical devices to treat conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, spinal disorders, chronic pain or neurological disorders, and whose continued passion for running serves as an inspiration to others. The Medtronic Foundation launched the program in 2006.
2010 Global Hero award winners and finishers include:
Nicola Combs, Norwich, United Kingdom
Sean Erkonen, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Dan Hochberg, Charlotte, North Carolina
Gregory LaMothe, Coppell, Texas
Paul Langworthy, Fountain Hills, Arizona
Tanya Plonske, Rogers, Minnesota
Kathryn Poehling, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Ninoslav Raskovic, Pancevo, Serbia
Fabio Valgonio, Casto, Italy
Ten Mile Participants
Kai Fischer, Geroldswil, Switzerland
Erin Howe, Denver, Colorado
Leslie Johnson, Prescott, Wisconsin
Pablo Maillet, Santiago, Chile
Maureen McCann, Austin, Texas
Greg Prom, St, Anthony, Minnesota
Kelly Robinson, Seattle, Washington
Francisco Manuel Rodriques, Cape Town, South Africa
Jeff Sanborn, Glyndon, Maryland
Chloe Steepe, Toronto, Canada
Marcella Teran, San Diego, California
Jeremy Woodward, Concord, New Hampshire
Le Ting Zhang, Beijing, China
In addition to providing each Global Hero with an entry into the marathon or 10-mile race and a travel allowance, the Medtronic Foundation will donate $1,000 to a non-profit patient organization that educates and supports people who live with the runner's condition.
For more information on how to apply or nominate someone to be a Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Global Hero, visit www.medtronic.com/globalheroes. All runners with medical devices are welcome to apply with no restrictions on manufacturer. Applicants must certify that they have obtained physician approval to participate in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or Medtronic TC 10 Mile race. Global Heroes are chosen by a committee of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
These patient stories capture individual successful experiences and individual results may vary. Implantable devices are not for everyone, and all devices described on this site carry risks. You should consult with your physician about any questions or concerns you have related to your own health, and also about the risks and benefits associated with medical device therapy to know whether medical device therapy might be an option for you.
About Global Heroes
About Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
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. The Medtronic Foundation is committed to improving the health of people and communities. Its grant making is focused in three areas: health, education and community.
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