Published on March 11, 2016

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 16, 2016, at Red River High School in Grand Forks. 

Altru’s Spin for Kids is an annual indoor stationary bike race, raising over $296,000 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 qualified families to help ease the struggles they face every day and help children in our communities live the fullest lives possible. 

“On behalf of the children with special needs and their families in the region who will benefit, we want to thank the Engelstad Family Foundation for this generous gift,” said Diane Gunderson, chairperson of the Spin for Kids Allocation Committee and director of physical medicine services at Altru. 

“We are so 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. 

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 2016, contact Altru Health Foundation at 701.780.5000 or go to

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 more than 200 physicians and 4,000 staff. 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.