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Donor Stories

May 3, 2017

When Linda Snider was 10 years old, her dad starting showing symptoms of spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1), a disease that would ultimately claim his life... Read more »

April 18, 2017

LaVerne Colness began her teaching career in 1946 in a country school near Fairmount, North Dakota. She was 17 years old.

Although she was... Read more »

April 5, 2017

Toward the end of her battle with Ewing sarcoma, 5-year-old Zoya Wajahat got a visit from an adult friend who attends her family’s mosque. The friend is “very... Read more »

March 7, 2017

Even during treatment for Stage IV colon cancer, Danna Mezin was surprisingly energetic. The former UnitedHealthcare executive and her husband, Dick Koats,... Read more »

February 6, 2017

A $25 million gift from the Robina Foundation will fund the Law School's newly named James H. Binger Center for New Americans.... Read more »

November 28, 2016

 When Jamesy Raffone was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in 2013, his parents, Jim and Karen Raffone, were devastated. They felt helpless. ... Read more »

November 8, 2016

A confident Sophia Vinogradov, M.D., stood at a podium in University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in September and addressed an auditorium filled... Read more »

November 8, 2016

How can we stop Alzheimer’s disease? It’s a question that has challenged University of Minnesota neuroscientist Karen Hsiao Ashe, M.D., Ph.D., for her entire... Read more »

October 14, 2016

It's a long road from tending tobacco fields in North Carolina to being named one of the 350 women who changed the world by Working Woman magazine,... Read more »

October 4, 2016

Kyle Rudolph is no stranger to hospitals. The Minnesota Vikings tight end is a frequent visitor at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital,... Read more »

October 4, 2016

As  part of a six-day, 2,000-mile Giving Tour bus trip across the country, a group from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation in April stopped to visit... Read more »

May 10, 2016

For most kids, birthdays are a time for parties, cake, and presents. But when Rylee Routledge turned 7, she had a different kind of gift in mind.

Rylee... Read more »

May 3, 2016

Ant Financial Services President and China Executive MBA alum Eric Jing announced a $5 million gift to strengthen the Carlson School’s relationship with China... Read more »

May 3, 2016

Ten-year-old Maria and 9-year-old Miller Williams have inquisitive minds, an aptitude for science, and an utter fearlessness of all things creepy-crawly.... Read more »

May 2, 2016

Professor emeritus Jan Hogan, Ph.D., devoted her academic career to studying family economics to promote and support healthy, happy families. Through her... Read more »

April 29, 2016

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, renowned composer and conductor emeritus of the Minnesota Orchestra, believes musical training must be grounded in the humanities. His... Read more »