• Two lives, one chance

    "When Paris Bryan had a routine ultrasound of her unborn daughters Paisleigh and Paislyn, the result was anything but routine. It showed the girls were conjoined twins, connected through the chest, liver, and heart. The news rocked Bryan and her fiancé, Ernesto Martinez."

    "On May 25, the twins were wheeled into an operating room in the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, where a large team of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals waited. Nine hours later, the twins had been successfully separated. Thanks to a procedure a few days earlier, Paislyn’s heart could now work on its own, though further corrective surgery was needed. The twins currently remain hospitalized."

    Stories include excerpts from our Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Divisions

  • Surgical Oncologist Eric Jensen, MD help patient fight a rare cancer. Read more about her inspiring story in Sports Illustrated.

    Excerpt from Sports Illustrated Article "Athlete gets cancer. Athlete fights cancer. Repeat, again and again..."

    July 10th by Tim Layden

    Jensen started with his scalpel. “It’s a tough incision,” he says. “The majority of liver surgery is done less invasively—laparoscopically or with a small incision—but this was a large tumor in a small-framed woman.” The incision went through every layer of Gabe’s abdominal wall. Jensen initially struggled to pull the tumor out from beneath Gabe’s rib cage; when he finally succeeded he instructed his scrub nurse to call Justin, who was out running because he dislikes hospital waiting rooms. “It sounded like they were having a party in the operating suite,” Justin remembers.

    The tumor Jensen removed—the one that was growing in Gabe’s torso when she ran the Olympic Trials—was 6.3 inches long, six inches wide and almost four inches thick, bigger than believed. It weighed about four pounds, slightly less than a two-liter bottle of soda."

  • Chainbreaker: Chasing Down Cancer

    Chainbreaker is a weekend experience of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism. More importantly, it’s a celebration of health and philanthropy because the core purpose is to fund cancer research for the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center.

    Modeled after the wildly successful weekend cycling event Pelotonia, which has raised $130 million for Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chainbreaker aims to accomplish the same objective in Minnesota. 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to funding cancer research at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center and SPH research.

    Click here for information on how you can help

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