2017 Honorees

The Bakken Invitation Award recognizes outstanding contributions of service, volunteerism, and leadership. Each year, selected Honorees are invited to recommend a charity for a grant from Medtronic Foundation. They gather for four days in Hawaii and participate in capability building sessions in storytelling, social media, advocacy and human-centered design. The goal is to sharpen their individual skills and empower them to lead sustainable projects that drive change in communities worldwide.

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Karla Altmayer

Karla Altmayer

Karla Altmayer


Cicero, Illinois, United States
Vascular disease

"CHOOSE HUMANITY. CHOOSE TO LOVE. CHOOSE TO UNDERSTAND ONE ANOTHER.”
When Karla was born, her mother, a single parent and survivor of gender-based violence, worked cleaning houses in the Chicago area, but spoke little English. Shortly after Karla’s birth, doctors operated to implant a shunt to treat a rare, serious, congenital heart defect.

Karla's story

Grant Recipient: 
Healing to Action

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