It’s Been an Incredible Run

Since 2006 Global Champions (formerly Global Heroes) has featured more than 274 incredible patient runners from more than 35 countries who have demonstrated the value of medical technology in restoring their lives to health and staying physically active. Their stories of grit, determination and triumph have inspired and motivated many people around the world.

While this long run together has been tremendously formative and inspirational, we have decided to retire the Global Champions program effective today. The decision to retire Global Champions was only made after careful consideration, and we believe the work of the Medtronic Foundation and the Bakken Invitation program will continue to elevate our Mission and honor the legacy of our co-founder Earl Bakken by empowering more patients whose lives have been impacted by medical technology to use their “extra life” to make a difference in their communities. With this program, we believe we can celebrate a wide variety of patient achievements.

Rest assured, the spirit and ethos of Medtronic Global Champions will live on as we continue to celebrate individuals with medical conditions whose lives are extraordinary.

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