Inspired by the question asked by Medtronic co-founder and philanthropist Earl Bakken, the Bakken Invitation celebrates and connects people who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now making a difference in their communities.
The Bakken Invitation Award recognizes people who have used their “extra life” made possible by medical technology to make outstanding contributions of service, volunteerism and leadership. Each year, ten Bakken Invitation Award honorees will earn a $20,000 grant from the Medtronic Foundation to direct to a charity of their choice, and a trip to Hawaii for a celebration event to meet Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken. All applicants with eligible medical technology are welcome to apply, regardless of device manufacturer.
We're now accepting applications for the 2016 award. Visit LiveOnGiveOn.org to view award criteria and apply.
Earl acknowledges that his pacemaker, insulin pump and heart stents have given him “extra life”—time he uses to support causes he cares about. And while each person chooses how to use their extra time, it is Earl’s enduring hope they consider how to give back, in big or small ways.
Empowering patients to better manage their health is a key element in the Medtronic Foundation's approach to expanding healthcare access to the underserved. By sharing and celebrating stories of patients from all over the world, the Bakken Invitation is designed to not only provide valuable information and inspiration to others, but to foster a global movement of people who “Live On. Give On.”