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TELL US HOW YOU LIVE ON, GIVE ON
WITH HELP OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY
Share your story with us, and show the world how you are making a difference. For every story, Medtronic Philanthropy will donate $10 to Project HOPE.

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Watch how others have used their “extra-life”.

Bakken Invitation Medal

THE BAKKEN INVITATION AWARD

Each year, 10 people will be selected from the Bakken Invitation Community for the Bakken Invitation Award, recognizing their extraordinary accomplishments. Each of these 10 Bakken Honorees will earn a $20,000 grant from Medtronic Philanthropy to be given to their designated charity, and a trip to Hawaii to meet Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken.

Apply for Award

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Bakken Invitation Award. Applications for the 2015 Award closed July 31, 2015.

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.

Learn About Earl Bakken »

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