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Spin for Kids Receives $75,000 Matching Opportunity From Engelstad Family Foundation

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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. The 10th annual Spin for Kids bike race will be held on April 13, 2019, at East Grand Forks Senior High School.

Altru’s Spin for Kids is an annual indoor stationary bike race, raising more than $850,000 since it began in 2010. 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.

From 2010 through 2018 more than 500 children and families have been served by Spin for Kids. Families with children who have special needs often face lifelong medical bills and expenses. Children grow and change very quickly, and the equipment they need must change with them. Insurance does not always cover these costs; this is where Spin for Kids comes in. Money raised by Spin for Kids is disbursed to qualifying families to help them obtain the equipment and services they need.

“We are grateful for the generosity shown by the Engelstad Family Foundation and hope that their generosity will multiply within our community and region,” said Kristi Hall-Jiran, chief philanthropy officer of Altru Health System.

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, visit or contact Randy at 701.780.5618 or

About Altru Health System

Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Altru Health System is a regional, integrated healthcare delivery system serving northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Altru is a physician-led, multi-specialty group practice with a 277-bed acute care hospital, Level II trauma center, 45-bed specialty hospital, more than two dozen Grand Forks and regional practice locations, and a large home care network. Altru employs over 300 physicians and advanced practice providers and 4,000 staff. With a focus on advanced technology, Altru deployed the first Mako® Robotic Arm system in North Dakota and enhanced Altru’s Robotics with the recent addition of the DaVinci Xi Robotic Surgical System. In 2018, Altru was awarded fourth Most Wired® in the nation, a recognition for systems at the forefront of using healthcare information technology to improve the delivery of care. Altru Health System has received accreditation from the Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation, and has achieved 50 years of CARF accreditation at Altru’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital. Altru Health System was the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, extending Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to the patients we serve. For more information, visit