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Meet the 2018 MEDTRONIC GLOBAL CHAMPIONS

They come from around the world and have struggled with life-altering health conditions of all kinds. Thanks in part to medical technology, they are pursuing their passions with grit, determination, and triumph.


MARATHON

Runners

David Aucamp is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion marathon runner.

DAVID

Uitzicht, 

Cape Town,

South Africa

SEE DAVID'S STORY

ANGAD 

Navi Mumbai, India
Angad, 22, uses insulin and a continuous glucose monitoring system to manage type 1 diabetes.

Read Angad's Story

Ciaran Conroy is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion marathon runner.

CIARAN 

Portlaoise, 

Ireland

READ ABOUT CIARAN 'S JOURNEY

VERNA 

Taupo, New Zealand
Verna, 66, has a pacemaker to help manage an abnormal heart rhythm.

Read About Verna

Brent Hanson is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion marathon runner.

BRENT

Perham,

Minnesota,

USA

SEE BRENT'S STORY

MARINA 

Rancho Santa Margarita, California, USA
Marina, 66, had lung surgery due to cancer.

Read Marina's Story

Tom Plath is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion marathon runner.

THOMAS 

Memphis,

Tennessee,

USA

SEE THOMAS' STORY

MEGHAN 

Liverpool, New York, USA
Meghan, 32, has a nerve stimulator to help control chronic pain.

View Meghan's Story

Christine Youngblood is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion marathon runner.

CHRISTINE

Anchorage, 

Alaska, USA

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Maria Fernanda Zuazo is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion marathon runner.

MARIA

Comodoro <br>Rivadavia, 

Argentina

SEE MARIA'S STORY

10 MILE

RUNNERS

Mat Fors is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion 10 mile runner.

MATS

Mariehamn,

Åland Islands

READ ABOUT MATS

Craig

Eugene, Oregon, USA
Craig, 51, has a stent to help manage heart disease.

See Craig's Story

Irma Grundling is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion 10 mile runner.

IRMA

Pretoria,

South Africa

READ IRMA'S STORY

ROMA

Mikulichi, Ukraine
Roma, 19, has a deep brain stimulator (DBS) to help manage dystonia.

SEE ROMA'S STORY

Brenda Maher is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion 10 mile runner.

BRENDA

Vineland,

Ontario, 

Canada

READ BRENDA'S STORY

ANDREA

Crema, Italy
Andrea, 32, has an ileal pouch to help manage pancolitis.

See Andrea's Story

Cherise Shockley is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion 10 mile runner.

CHERISE

Noblesville, 

Indiana, 

USA

READ CHERISE'S STORY

DAVID

Diamond Creek,
Victoria, Australia

David, 50, has a pacemaker to help manage an abnormal heart rhythm.

Read About David's Journey

Jara Weinkauf is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion 10 mile runner.

JARA

London, 

England

SEE JARA'S STORY
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Qijiao Yan is a 2018 Medtronic Global Champion 10 mile runner.

QIJIAO

Beijing,

China

Read About QiJiao