Organizers of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival, which includes the Nature Valley Grand Prix professional bicycle race, have announced a record-setting donation of $38,000 to the Pediatric Hospice and Pain & Palliative Care Program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, their benefiting charity since 2003. To date, the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival has raised more than $165,000 for the program.
Children’s Pediatric Hospice and Pain and Palliative Care is the largest program of its kind in North America. Their care goes beyond state-of-the-art medical care, to include integrative medicine, which uses nontraditional techniques such as acupuncture, massage, distraction and aromatherapy. The program treats the patient and the entire family using an interdisciplinary team that includes pediatricians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists and psychologists. Their program was recognized in 2008 with the prestigious Circle of Life award for their care of children’s who are terminally ill or are facing life-threatening medical conditions. This program is serving as a model for other pediatric hospitals across the country and around the world.
“It’s an honor to support these programs,” Nature Valley Bicycle Festival Director David LaPorte said. “Just as the Nature Valley Grand Prix has reinvented the sport of bicycle racing, so has Children’s Hospitals and Clinics reinvented pediatric hospice and pain and palliative care. Innovation is a core value for both organizations, which is the basis of our partnership.”
“All the proceeds from the Nature Valley Grand Prix are donated to our program, which is fabulous,” said Dr. Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, Pain and Palliative Care Medical Director at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. “Since what we are doing is not funded by the health care system, these donations make it possible to provide the best possible care to children who suffer from chronic and acute pain. We can celebrate every single day that these children are alive to make sure that this is a memorable day.”
The Nature Valley Bicycle Festival partners with the Children’s Association of Minneapolis, the volunteer organization that was largely responsible for the opening of Children’s Minneapolis hospital, to raise money and build awareness of these critical programs. Children’s is integrated into the Festival’s media and marketing campaigns and each year professional cyclists visit the hospital during the Festival.