VIKINGS’ CHAD GREENWAY UNVEILS 5TH FOUNDATION LOCKER AT GILLETTE CHILDREN’S SPECIALTY HEALTHCARE, RONALD MCDONALD FAMILY ROOM
Posted By:  Annie Butler
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Locker to provide entertainment to nearly 30,000 annually 

ST. PAUL, MN – On Wednesday, April 9, Minnesota Vikings’ Chad Greenway unveiled his fifth Lead the Way Foundation Locker. This locker, presented by the Bohannon Group Foundation of Northwestern Mutual*, is located at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in the Ronald McDonald Family Room. It will service nearly 30,000 people annually.

Chad’s Locker is an electronic hub that provides access to iPads, laptops, Leap Frog Readers, DVDs, games and other electronics to patients and their families.

“It’s really great to be able to extend our branch and go into another hospital and give more kids a positive experience,” said Greenway. “We want to help as many people as we can. Every time we open a new locker, it’s a good thing.”

To date, Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation has launched five lockers in the Greater Twin Cities, including locations at: University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Children’s Minneapolis Hospital – Geek Squad Precinct, Hudson Hospitals and Clinics, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – St. Paul and Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare – Ronald McDonald Family Room. Combined, these lockers have touched the lives of over 350,000 people.

St. Paul-based Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare specializes in the treatment of children who have disabilities and complex medical conditions. These children often require lengthy hospitalizations due to recovery from major surgeries or traumatic injuries.

In partnership with Gillette, Ronald McDonald Family Room provides in-patient families a warm and welcoming home-away-from-home. The addition of Chad’s Locker to the Family Room will help families and patients stay connected during in-patient treatment and provide hours of entertainment for patients and their families.

“Many Gillette patients undergo more surgeries, and spend more time in the hospital, than most adults experience in a lifetime,” says Jon Galloway, Vice President of Development, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. “We’re pleased that our partnership with Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation and the Ronald McDonald Family Room will give these patients the opportunity to have fun, laugh, and ‘just be a kid.’”

* Chad’s Locker is made possible through generous sponsors including: The Bohannon Group Foundation, 3M Graphics and Vomela.

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About Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation
Chad Greenway, outside linebacker of the Minnesota Vikings, began the Lead the Way Foundation in 2008 to enrich the lives of individuals and families in need. The primary focus of the foundation is to provide critically and chronically ill children throughout Greater Minneapolis with daily support and life changing experiences. For more information visit www.chadgreenway.org

About Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Gillette is an independent, not-for-profit hospital and clinics, which is internationally recognized for its work in the diagnosis and treatment of children and young adults who have disabilities or complex medical needs. As the nation’s first hospital devoted to the treatment of children with disabilities, Gillette’s mission is to help children, adults and their families improve their health, achieve greater well-being, and enjoy life. For more information, visit www.gillettechildrens.org.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest is a non-profit organization that provides a home away from home to keep families together during a child’s health emergency.  Its three Twin Cities houses serve over 3,800 families per year, many from the surrounding community and others from across the globe.  

The global organization, Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), includes a network of local Chapters in 58 countries and regions, three core programs (the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®), and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide.  All RMHC-operated and supported programs provide access to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information about the Twin Cities chapter, visit www.rmhtwincities.org, follow us on Twitter (@RMHC_UM) or like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest).

The following trademarks used herein are owned by McDonald's Corporation and its affiliates: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Ronald McDonald House Charities Logo, RMHC, Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.    





 
 
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