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Nature Valley festival donates to pediatric programs

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. The cycling festival has been donating to the programs…

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. The cycling festival has been donating to the programs since 2003 and to date, 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 program was recognized in 2008 with the prestigious Circle of Life award for the care of children’s who are terminally ill or are facing life-threatening medical conditions.

“It’s an honor to support these programs,” 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.