Head Coach Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings announced a gift of $200,000 for the Minnesota Vikings Adopt A Room at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. The endowed gift from the Vikings will furnish a patient’s room with today’s groundbreaking technology and comfortable amenities while securing a place for future pioneering medical advancements.
Coach Frazier, along with Vikings players and coaches, will visit patients in the hospital and unveil the room on Friday afternoon.
“Watching a child battle a serious illness is one of the most difficult challenges a family can face,” said Coach Frazier. “The Adopt A Room program allows for a better experience for the patients and their families during those challenging times. Adopting a room is a great way for the Vikings organization to support Minnesota families and show our continued commitment to children’s health.”
The Vikings will also donate $240,000 from the Vikings Children’s Fund (VCF) to the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics for promising research to treat and cure childhood disease. This critical funding allows researchers the opportunity to secure data and leverage national research awards. $80,000 will be directed to support the Vikings Fitness Playbook as part of a three-year commitment to directly tackle childhood obesity. The Vikings and the VCF have now donated nearly $800,000 to charitable organizations in 2011.
“We can truly transform the experience for hospitalized children by providing a healing environment that works to meet a family’s social and emotional needs as well as the complex health conditions of the child,” said Joseph P. Neglia, M.D., M.P.H, physician–in-chief, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota. “We are so grateful for gifts like this from the Minnesota Vikings which help to remind our community that we can all make a direct impact on the lives of children and their families.”
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