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The campaign for Children's Health

Because together, we can change lives.

Children’s Health Campaign partners

Children’s Cancer Research Fund

Children’s Cancer Research Fund has teamed up with the University of Minnesota Foundation to help find a cure for pediatric cancers and other childhood diseases faster by pooling their efforts. The two organizations have worked together publicly and privately for nearly 30 years to combat pediatric cancer. Since 1981, grassroots efforts led by CCRF have resulted in more than $60 million being donated to the University for leading-edge pediatric cancer research and related diseases.

Vikings Children’s Fund

The Vikings Children’s Fund has supported hundreds of child-related organizations across Vikings country since the fund’s inception in 1978. In that time, it has donated nearly $10 million to child- and family-related causes, including more than $5 million to the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Pediatrics for breakthrough childhood disease research and community outreach programs such as the Vikings Fitness Playbook to tackle childhood obesity. Learn more about the Vikings Fitness Playbook program.


When Florida State University football coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi, learned that their son Ethan has a rare, life-threatening blood disorder called Fanconi anemia, they felt compelled to take action that would help not only Ethan but other children, too. So they established the Kidz1stFund™, which has already raised more than $1 million for Fanconi anemia research at the University of Minnesota. Watch a video and read more about their fundraising efforts.

Adopt A Room

The Adopt A Room program stems from the passion of two dads who each lost a child to disease. Through their profound losses grew a partnership defined by a desire to make a difference in the lives of hospitalized children. Read their story.

Read more about our Adopt A Room sponsors.

University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital Philanthropic Board

The Philanthropic Board’s goal is to advance University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital and children’s health initiatives by supporting, advocating, and furthering excellence in pediatric patient care, education, and research at the University of Minnesota.

Outstanding corporate partners

Anthony Ostlund Baer & Louwagie, P.A.
Boston Scientific
Clear Channel Outdoor
Don Stevens, Inc.
Minnesota Vikings
St. Jude Medical


Steve and Landyn Hutchinson

Minnesota Viking Steve Hutchinson and his wife Landyn were presented with the 2012 Imagine Award. Watch their video and read more about their commitment to the community and to children's health.

St. Jude Medical

St. Jude Medical was presented with the 2012 Corporate Citizen Award. Watch the video and read more about their dedication to supporting children's health and University of Minnesota Children's Hospital.

Anthony Ostlund Baer &
Louwagie, P.A.


Clear Channel Outdoor