NFLPA’S BYRON WHIZZER WHITE AWARD WINNER, VIKINGS’ CHAD GREENWAY GIVES BACK TO FAMILIES OF CHRONICALLY ILL CHILDREN
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Photos c/o Make Your Name Co. See more from the Locker HERE and Brunch HERE.
MINNEAPOLIS – Vikings’ Chad Greenway had an eventful weekend giving back. On Saturday, April 11 Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation launched its sixth Chad’s Locker. The next day, Greenway and wife, Jenni, hosted the fifth annual TendHER Heart Brunch for 170 mothers of chronically ill children.
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.
The locker, presented by First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard was launched at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. It is the first Chad’s Locker in his home state of South Dakota. The locker will service 25,000 people annually.
“We feel great that we were able to make it out to South Dakota,” said Greenway. “We were thrilled that First PREMIER stepped up to help launch this. We’ve always had a strong personal connection with Sanford Health and we are glad to be able to extend our Foundation back home and help give more children and families a more positive experience.”
Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation has 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. Together, tese lockers have touched the lives of over 375,000 people. Plans for a seventh locker located in Hutchinson, MN are underway.
The following day, the Greenways hosted their Fifth Annual TendHER Heart Luncheon* at Hilton Minneapolis Hotel. The private luncheon is one of several programs of Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation meant to give support to mothers of chronically and critically ill children in the Greater Twin Cities. 170 mothers attended, making this TendHER Heart the most attended one yet. Mothers enjoyed brunch, cocktails and mocktails, gifts from Burt’s Bees and generous sponsor South Hill Designs, photos, and an opportunity to share their story.
Women were encouraged to keep in contact throughout the year via a private group on Facebook, hosted by Greenway.
This is really an opportunity for these strong women to connect with people who have a shared experience,” said Greenway. “I am so thankful to the women who have attended every year, and to the many new faces I saw today, for coming out to offer each other support.”
Many mothers attending Chad’s TendHER Heart Luncheon have children who are patients at the hospitals where Lead the Way has installed Chad’s Locker.
In May, Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation will host Field of Dreams – an all expense paid weekend stay-cation for 15 families with a chronically or critically ill family member. Sponsored by Mall of America and Raddisson Blu Hotel, this stay-cation will offer families who very rarely get to pamper themselves a nice weekend together to bond and have fun.
The primary focus of the Lead the Way Foundation is to provide critically and chronically ill children and their families throughout Greater Minneapolis with daily support and life changing experiences.
About Chad Greenway’s Lead The Way Foundation
The mission of Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation is to enrich the lives of individuals and families in need. The primary focus of the Lead the Way Foundation is to provide critically and chronically ill children throughout Greater Twin Cities with daily support and life changing experiences. For more information please visit www.chadgreenway.org.
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with 43 hospitals and 243 clinics in nine states and three countries. With 27,000 employees, including 1,400 physicians in more than 80 specialty areas of medicine, Sanford Health is the largest employer in the Dakotas.
Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.
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