A Program of the Medtronic Foundation

Applications for the
2017 Award are open.

Applications close on July 31, 2017.

Meet the 2015 Bakken Invitation Honorees

The honorees for the 2015 Bakken Invitation Award represent what it means to Live On. Give On. These 12 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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Jennifer Jones

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Jennifer Jones

Share your story with us, and show the world how you are making a difference. For every story, the Medtronic Foundation will donate $10 to Project HOPE.

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Earl Bakken

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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 Onthrough 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 Onwith their extra life.

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