Medtronic

Celebrating Extra Life and Extraordinary Giving

The Bakken Invitation Award honors people who, with the help of medical technology, are making a difference in their communities. Applications are now open for the 2015 Bakken Invitation Award.

Share your story and apply or nominate someone for a $20,000 charitable grant. Apply for Award

Watch how others have made a difference with their extra life.

Earl

Earl Bakken, Medtronic co-founder

LIVE ON. GIVE ON.

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FOR EVERY STORY SHARED MEDTRONIC PHILANTHROPY WILL DONATE $10 TO PROJECT HOPE

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Share Your Story

When you share your story with the Bakken Invitation Community, you not only demonstrate your contributions, you will help other to Live On and Give on.

For every story received Medtronic Philanthropy will donate $10 to Project Hope to help make medical technology available in the unserved commities around the world.

Not a patient? Share this site» with someone who is, and we will donate $1 to Project Hope.

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The Community

The Bakken Invitation community celebrates and connects people benefitting from medical technology who are making a positive difference with their
“extra life”.

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The 2014 Honorees

The honorees for the 2014 Bakken Invitation Award represent what it means to Live On. Give On. These 10 people exemplify making a difference with their "extra life." Each story demonstrates the will of the human spirit to overcome adversity, commit to giving back, and have a positive impact on other people’s lives.

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The Inspiration

Earl Bakken’s Legacy of Giving

“What Are You Doing With Your Extra Life?”

Earl Bakken co-founded Medtronic, Inc. in 1949, helping countless people Live On through medical technology, including himself. But outside of Earl's work with Medtronic lies a lifetime of philanthropy and involvement within education, healthcare and community.

Earl often asked patients what they planned to do with their gift of extra life. His question is the inspiration behind this extraordinary program, and now he invites you to share your stories as a way to inspire other medical devices recipients to Give On with their extra life.

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