Live On. Give On. A Bakken Invitation
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Medtronic, Inc. kicks off their inaugural “Bakken Invitation” inspired by Earl Bakken, co-founder of Medtronic and inventor of the first external, battery-powered, transistorized wearable pacemaker.  Earl also has a rich history with North Hawaii Community Hospital, serving as past President of the hospital’s Board of Director’s and being a generous philanthropic supporter over the years.

Bakken is also a patient. He estimates his pacemaker, coronary stents and insulin pump have given him more than 10 years of “extra life,” which he has used to give back through substantial community involvement.  The Bakken Invitation is a global program designed to celebrate those who, with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now selflessly giving back to their communities. Medtronic will honor ten inspirational individuals who have used their “extra life” to serve others with a $20,000 charitable grant, donated to a non-profit organization selected by the honoree at an awards celebration in Hawaii from Nov. 15 – 17, 2013.

To qualify, nominees 14 years or older must use a medical device therapy to treat the following disease categories: heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain, spinal disorders, or neurological, gastroenterology and urological disorders. All applicants with eligible medical technology are welcome to apply, regardless of device manufacturer. Applicants must have an established relationship of involvement with a legal non-profit organization for six months or more.

Applications will be accepted until June 28, 2013. To apply or nominate someone for this honor, visit A selection committee will review all nominations, and winners will be announced in August. Or follow the program and stay inspired with real-time updates on and #LiveOnGiveOn.