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Published on March 31, 2017

Altru Health Foundation Receives $75,000 Matching Grant for Spin for Kids

Grand Forks, N.D. – Altru Health Foundation has received a $75,000 grant from the Engelstad Family Foundation as a matching opportunity for Altru’s Spin for Kids event. Spin for Kids will take place April 22, 2017, at Red River High School in Grand Forks.  

Altru’s Spin for Kids is an annual indoor stationary bike race, raising over $476,000 since it began in 2009. Teams of all different backgrounds and riding abilities participate, with each rider taking his or her turn for 20 minutes. Each year, teams get dressed up to join the fun, with several teams loyally returning year after year. All funds raised directly benefit children with a variety of special needs due to neurological, orthopedic, and genetic disorders, as well as problems with developmental delays. Proceeds are disbursed to qualifying families to help ease the struggles they face every day and help children in our communities live the fullest lives possible. 

Some of the items purchased through Spin for Kids include:

  • Hotel/travel expenses to and from medical/therapy appointments

  • Various adaptive 2 or 3-wheel bikes

  • Speech Therapy co-pays

  • Specialized mattress/contour cushion

  • Wheelchair/wheelchair repairs or adaptations

  • Hearing aid/ear molds

  • Camp Grassick fees 

“We are grateful for the generosity shown by the Engelstad Family Foundation and hope that their generosity will multiply within our community,” said Jon Green, Executive Director of Altru Health Foundation. 

“This gift allows us to live out our mission to serve children with special needs to a greater extent than has previously been possible,” said Jessica Strand, co-chair of Spin for Kids. 

Ralph Engelstad and his wife, Betty, created the Engelstad Family Foundation to enable their family to direct their assets to meet the needs of others. If you are interested in supporting Spin for Kids 2017, contact Altru Health Foundation at 701.780.5000 or go to altru.org/spinforkids. 

About Altru Health System

Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a specialty hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, and a large home care network. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 4,000 staff and has an annual net operating revenue of more than $549 million. As the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Altru’s providers have access to clinically integrated tools extending Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to patients.