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The Bakken Invitation: Live On. Give On.

"What are you doing with your extra life?"

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.

We’re now accepting applications for the 2015 Bakken Invitation Award.

The Bakken Invitation Award recognises 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 honourees will earn a $20,000 (USD) grant from Medtronic Philanthropy 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.

Bakken Invitation


Applications for the 2015 award are due by 31 July 2015. Visit 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 Medtronic Philanthropy’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.”

Bakken Invitation Honoree Gretchen Merritt


Bakken Invitation Honouree Gretchen Merritt talks about what she’s doing with her extra life.