Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Oxbow Creek Elementary School - New Team Members!

When the Oxbow Creek Elementary School kids and student council heard that Neil Eerdmans (a beloved 2nd grade teacher there) is racing in the 2007 Race Across America to raise money and awarness for Camp Odayin, they were enthralled and wanted to join Team Strong Heart's efforts.

The student council unanimously set a goal to raise $2,500 for Camp Odayin as their annual community service project. Wow! These kids are incredible!

Welcome to Team Strong Heart, Panthers!

"Oxbow is located in a beautiful facility that opened in August of 2002. We currently house nearly 1000 1st - 5th graders. As part of our student population, we include the district's ESL Newcomer program and two center-based Special Education programs for DCD and high-functioning autistic students. Oxbow is a wonderful school community that is also part of the Anoka-Hennepin School District. Our district has five high schools, seven middle schools and twenty-eight elementary schools, making us now the largest district in Minnesota with nearly 42,000 students!" Heather Hjelle

Medtronic - Primary Sponsor!

Team Strong Heart would like to express our sincere gratitude for the generous support from Medtronic in our mission to sponsor children, expand programs and generate awareness for Camp Odayin. Welcome aboard!
Medtronic is the global leader in medical technology - alleviating pain, restoring health and extending life for millions of people around the world each year.

Neil and Owen Bike and Slide!

Neil posted this picture and story to his training journal but it was so fun, I just had to pull it out here!

Work and training for RAAM is a pretty overwhelming endeavor. We all strive to stay focused on keeping family priority one and finding creative ways to do it is a fun challenge. What a great way to strike that crucial work, training and life balance! Neil, you are B.B.A.!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Congenital Cardiology Today - New Sponsor!

We'd like to express our sincere gratitude to Congenital Cardiology Today for their support in helping us generate awareness for Camp Odayin. They will be running advertisments in their journal and website. Welcome to Team Strong Heart!

"CONGENITAL CARDIOLOGY TODAY, established September 2003, is the only monthly publication that goes to all Board Certified and Board Eligible Pediatric Cardiologists worldwide without charge to them. Our editorial is written by physicians for physicians practicing in the field of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology. We provide reliable and timely information on patient therapy, supporting technologies, products and services, as well as training opportunities for Pediatric Cardiologists, Heart Surgeons for children, Hospitals and also Allied Organizations which support their practice. We are particularly interested in new technologies, devices and techniques, new medical therapies including new drugs, new surgical strategies and procedures, new products available, and case reports. Our Editorial Board includes 30 of the leading physicians in the field of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology worldwide. Please visit our website to see our current and back issues: " Tony Carlson

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

New Sponsor!!! Mt. Borah/Custom Sublimation

HUGE thanks to Mt. Borah/Custom Sublimation for their generous clothing sponsorship! Welcome to Team Strong Heart!

Chris Jackson, CEO, has agreed to provide custom jerseys and bib shorts for the racers as well as giving us the opportunity to purchase additional jerseys for resale with proceeds going to Camp Odayin.

We are all really pumped about this since Mt. Borah clothing was really high on our wish list for comfort, durability and design. Mt. Borah crafts functional, casual clothing that lets people enjoy thier outdoor experience in maximum comfort. They use only quality fabrics designed specifically for extended use in any conditions. All their clothing is proudly manufactured in the USA! More about Mt. Borah

I'd also like to give special recognition to Karen West-Reger who has been our graphic artist for Team Strong Heart. She's the one who was able to compile the 40 or so drawings that the campers drew at residence camp last summer into our new logo. You've all seen how nice that is. She's now working with Custom Sublimation to design our team jersey and shorts.