Distance Runners from Around the World Who Benefit from Medical Technology to Run Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Events this Fall
MINNEAPOLIS – July 23, 2012– 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 Medtronic TC 10 Mile on Sunday, October 7, 2012.
This year’s team includes 10 international runners, the most in the program’s seven-year history. Countries represented include: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Israel, Norway, South Africa, Spain 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.
The 2012 Medtronic Global Heroes are:
Daniela Arantes, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Arantes has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
Gabriela Arantes, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Arantes has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
Terry Baransy, San Francisco, California
Baransy has a heart valve replacement to facilitate blood flow.
Anna Gilabert Escorsa, Barcelona, Spain
Gilabert Escorsa has an intrathecal baclofen drug pump to help treat spasticity caused by a spinal cord injury.
Susan Filler, Boise, Idaho
Filler has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
Rhonda Foulds, Justin, Texas
Foulds has deep brain stimulation to help manage symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Patrick Grayson, San Antonio, Texas
Grayson has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
Torbjørn Harstad, Bodalen, Norway
Torbjørn has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
Lance Purdon, Harrison, Australia
Purdon has a pacemaker to treat sick sinus syndrome.
Don Soule, Rosemount, Minnesota
Soule has a pacemaker to treat a heart arrhythmia.
Howard Staples, West Wareham, Massachusetts
Staples has a pacemaker to treat a heart arrhythmia.
Ten Mile Participants
Haley Beal, Bend, Oregon
Beal has a pacemaker to treat arrhythmia caused by heart block.
Erin Clark, Edgewood, Kentucky
Clark has implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
Kobi Graham, Sydney, Australia
Graham has a spinal and bone fusion device to aid recovery from a broken neck.
Etzion Harel, Kvutzat Yavne, Israel
Harel has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
Patricia Hackett, Walkerville, South Africa
Hackett has a deep brain stimulator to help manage symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Robert Holdway, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Holdway has a pacemaker to treat sinus node dysfunction.
Patrick Johnson, Ormond Beach, Florida
Johnson had a heart valve repair implanted to treat mitral valve disease
Caroline Musilek, Vienna, Austria
Musilek has an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to treat sudden cardiac arrest.
Tommy Neal, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Neal has an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor to manage diabetes.
Dave Nevins, Sitka, Alaska
Nevins has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
Céline Parent, St. Catharines, Ontario
Parent has an insulin pump to manage diabetes.
Linda Shaw, Sylvania, Ohio
Shaw has a pacemaker and an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
Matthew Taylor, Baldwin, Florida
Taylor has an intrathecal baclofen drug pump to treat muscle spasticity due to cerebral palsy.
Ellie Wilhelm, Arnold, Missouri
Wilhelm has a pacemaker to treat a heart disease.
About Medtronic Global Heroes
A cooperative effort between Twin Cities In Motion and the Medtronic Foundation, the Medtronic 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 of the medical device.
About Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Known as the Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America™, 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 www.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.
Medtronic Media Contacts:
Rich Fischer, Public Relations, 763-505-2975
Kris Patrow, Tunheim Partners, 952-851-7214