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WE ARE KID-POWERED WELLNESS

WE ARE KID-POWERED WELLNESS

ABOUT US

MISSION

To create a new cycle of health starting with kids.

CHALLENGE

For the first time in American history, kids are less healthy than their parents were at the same age. Without a catalyst, chronic disease will only grow in America. We refuse to accept this.

VISION

We plan to reach 500,000 kids in Minnesota through our programing efforts by 2018.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Our guiding principles are symbolized in our Flywheel logo:
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BLUE SPOKE
Represents the BreakAway Attitude we teach and empower
RED SPOKE
Represents Adventure, embodied in the kid races we produce
GREEN SPOKE
Represents the Significance kids earn by serving others

SPONSORS

FUNDING MODEL

We depend on support from corporate sponsors and individual gifts to fund our operation. We do not profit from entry fees to our events, and 100% of donations raised by kids go directly to charity projects chosen by our Kid Advisory Panel.
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PRESENTING CYCLEHEALTH PROGRAMS

SEE OUR SPONSORS  

SWEAT Rx SPONSORS

Healthcare organizations that invest in us, so we can invest in Minnesota kids.
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CORPORATE & EVENT SPONSORS

Organizations having a passion for wellness, and the overall health of America.

FLYWHEEL LEVEL

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GOLD LEVEL

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SILVER LEVEL

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PRO BONO AND IN-KIND SUPPORT

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PARTNERS

We convene partnerships with the following types of organizations:

PEDIATRICIANS

Offering our first-in-the-nation Sweat Rx

SCHOOLS

Offering year-round programming for students

YOUTH

Offering programming to community-based organizations

CORPORATE AND GOVERNMENT

Offering social responsibility, public policy and corporate volunteer opportunities
SEE OUR PARTNERS  
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Three Rivers Park District is a proud partner of CycleHealth, and host of the BreakAway Kids Tri WEST (Lake Rebecca Park Reserve) and the Kidarod (Fish Lake Regional Park). Located in western Twin Cities suburbs, Three Rivers Park District provides recreation opportunities in a natural resources based park system with 23 parks, covering 28,000 acres, and 200 miles of regional bike trails. Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, paddle sports, cross country and alpine skiing, and disc golf, along with a myriad of other fun and exciting recreational activities. Three Rivers is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and providing opportunities for kids to be heathy and active in the outdoors.
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The Y’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We’re an inclusive organization of people committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting health and wellness and encouraging social responsibility.
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The parks in Washington County provide residents and visitors an opportunity to explore natural resources through a wide variety of recreational facilities; including camping, swimming, picnicking, and fishing. Miles of trails are available for hiking, biking, in-line skating, horse-back riding and cross country skiing in the winter. Recreational facilities are located in parks and on trails throughout the county.

OUR TEAM

BOARD

BOARD

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Kirk Weidner, Chairman

Kirk Weidner is Vice President of Corporate Accounts at Cargill. Over his career at Cargill, he has been involved in trading, marketing, sales, and general management. He believes that communication and relationships are critical factors for success in any business. In addition, he has always shared his time by giving back to the community whether by physically helping service projects or by providing leadership through board service.
Kirk and Angie Weidner have always been active in many sports from tennis to running, the main family focus on competitive volleyball. “The best days are those spent outdoors at the lake, in the woods, or on the court!”
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Mark Walinske, Chairman, Co-Founder

Mark has 30+ years of start-up and turn-around experience in thirteen different companies and industries conducting business in over forty countries. He is currently a strategy consultant to a variety of progressive companies in healthcare and education. Mark has also been a CEO of various technology companies. Coupled with his board membership, consultancy and operating experience, Mark has been involved with over 24 technology/health related companies.
Mark is a 10-time marathon finisher, has completed 20 half-marathons, is an active cyclist having completed 4 centuries and also has built 5 road bikes… he’s on his 6th one now.
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Betsy Grams, Co-Founder

People Uniter. With her proven track record of spearheading several record setting kid-based racing and fundraising events for charity, we’re thrilled to have Betsy as the fearless leader of our bold mission to create a new cycle of health in America.
A natural spirit builder, Betsy unites people from all backgrounds to do great things together. She has the unique ability to execute the vision of our corporate sponsors and to motivate school-aged children to embrace our life-changing events and campaigns for charity. Betsy believes it’s time to challenge kids to accomplish more than our culture asks of them. “Society too easily accepts mediocrity from kids. We don’t. They desire, and are capable of, leading significant lives and that’s what we inspire them to do.”
Living by example, Betsy is a marathoner and triathlete who loves warrior yoga, and does her best thinking while sweating.
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Tony Schiller, Co-Founder

Perseverance personified. For decades Tony has performed at a world-class level as an athlete, speaker, and event creator.
Who better to lead our kid’s races than the nation’s only man to win double national titles for his age group at both the 2014 and 2015 USA Triathlon National Championships. Tony’s year was topped with gold and silver medal performances in two races at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Championships in September. His career totals are now 79 outright triathlon wins plus 14 national and 7 world titles for his age group.
Tony brings the same enthusiasm when he speaks to groups and leads CycleHealth events. His programs have helped over 200,000 people ranging from kids to executives. He’s most proud of having helped kids develop resilience for life, a passion for fitness, and a commitment to serving others. As America’s most successful kid’s triathlon race director, 14,000 kids have finished his races and raised $4.6 million for charity.
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David Novak

David grew up in northern California with a passion for an active outdoor lifestyle – backpacking, mountain biking, and skiing. An avid runner, David has competed in over 25 Hood-to-Coast relay races and 5 marathons.
Inspired by the immense opportunity in front of CycleHealth, David joined the board to assist with growth and expansion. David brings 25 years of executive leadership in both start-ups and large technology companies such as Accenture, Siebel, and Oracle. Since 2007, David has served as the EVP of Sales & Business Development at SPS Commerce, an industry leader in cloud-based supply chain management solutions. David resides in Minneapolis with his wife, Kris and two sons, Zack and Gordie.
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Bjorn Gunnerud

Bjorn is Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, one of the largest pediatric health systems in the country. He’s also held leadership positions at MinuteClinic, a subsidiary of CVS Health, and several top advertising agencies. Bjorn is recognized for building brands through imaginative ideas and relatable storytelling that creates authentic, emotional connections with people.
He passionately believes there is nothing more important than the health and well-being of a child. They remind us to stay curious, be courageous, prioritize play and always fight for our rightful place of happy. Bjorn loves to compete in just about everything, although in recent years his priority is introducing sports and an active lifestyle to his twin boys.
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Kevin Besikof

Kevin is a Partner at Lurie Besikof Lapidus and Company, LLP. He delivers a wide breadth of accounting, tax and consulting services. Kevin has experience in a variety of industries including advertising, legal services, apparel, licensing, recycling, consulting, manufacturing and distribution. His proactive team-based approach helps entrepreneurs achieve their business and personal goals. Kevin also practices in a niche service offering providing expert testimony and analysis of economic damages. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a Masters in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting.
In addition to his many professional affiliations and business leadership, he is a 2010 recipient of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” award.
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Kevin Ronneberg, MD

Kevin Ronneberg, M.D., is VP & Associate Medical Director, Health Initiatives, HealthPartners. Prior to joining HealthPartners, he worked for Target’s healthcare business and for more than 10 years he has been a sports medicine physician in the Twin Cities providing medical leadership for a large system sports medicine practice, medical directorship for many endurance events and promoting health through active living for all ages. Kevin has completed five marathons and several sprint triathlons.
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Scott Penticoff

Scott has been a sales professional for 15 plus years in the foodservice industry working with distributors and national/regional chain account business. Scott has his Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition/Dietetics and utilized this degree for his other passion as an endurance athlete. Scott is an All American triathlete and has won several triathlons including competing in the Hawaiian Ironman World Championships. In addition to triathlon competition Scott has completed two Ultra 100 Mile Running events, and utilized these events to raise over $125,000 for a local MN charity to help high school students to prep and take the SAT/ACT tests and be the first in their family to attend college. Scott looks forward to bringing his athletic experiences and passion for helping kids to CycleHealth.
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Kristin Zinsmaster

An associate attorney at the Dorsey & Whitney law firm in Minneapolis, Kristin’s practice focuses on financial services, securities, commercial, and healthcare litigation. Prior to joining Dorsey, Kristin clerked for a federal judge in the Twin Cities and attended law school at the University of Minnesota.
She is active in all sense of the word—a competitive runner, commuting cyclist, and a certified yoga instructor. She views giving back to the Twin Cities community by volunteering as her most important endeavor.
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Dr. Courtney Baechler

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COURTNEY
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Eric Lindquist

Growing up in Montana, Eric developed an affinity and passion for everything outdoor activity related – hiking, skiing, biking, and every water sport imaginable. Having participated in a variety of sports, Eric learned the value and benefits of an active lifestyle which he strives to maintain today. While Eric has completed two Hood to Coast relay races, he much prefers running 5K races and cycling 24K with his wife and two kids.
Eric currently serves as CEO/President of EDCO Products, Inc., one of the nation’s largest manufactures of metal exterior products. He has over 25 years of domestic and international business experience, many in the sports and recreation industry – Wilson Sporting Goods, Nike, and Polaris. Eric also serves on the Univ. of Minnesota Technology Review Committee, an organization which helps assess and build business plans around new discoveries.

Eric is looking forward to helping build upon the CycleHealth vision through raising awareness and exposing more kids to the awesome outcomes of physical activity.
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Laura Delavie

Strategist. Design thinker. Change agent. Leader. Facilitator. As President and Chief Alchemist of ALCEMIS, Laura is a catalyst for and facilitator of the strategic changes and organizational alignment needed to generate engagement, action, customer love and sustainable growth. Using a variety of change, design thinking, and creativity tools and methodologies, Laura helps clients think and act differently about their challenges. As an adventurer of the mind,Laura loves to learn. She is attracted to concepts of play, creativity, leadership, quantum physics, fractals, interconnected systems, epigenetics, and the meaning of the universe and life. This has taken Laura from philosophy to CERN in Switzerland. She has an M.A. degree in Change Leadership with a specialization in Organizational Development from the University of St. Thomas. She is also a certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator. Laura holds a deep belief in the power that our mental, emotional and spiritual states have on our physical health and ease or dis-ease. She's enjoying a return to physical activity after a hiatus while recovering from two car accidents. Sweating is good!
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LAURA
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Suzie O’Gorman

Suzie is a proven successful senior leader in Innovation in medical device and the healthcare industries. She loves sharing her passion for “what’s next” in our health! She is inspired to workout 5x/week knowing the amazing effects exercise has in her day. With 28 triathlons under her belt, a three-mile open water race, and daily kickboxing, kettle-bells and primal exercises, Suzie is thrilled to be a part of the CycleHealth family, and together change the trajectory of health in America.
Athletics has always held a special place in her heart. As a collegiate swimmer at the University of Minnesota, Suzie was a Big Ten Champion, a five-time All-American Honorable Mention, and a Team Captain for two years.
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Tom McDowell

Tom serves as the Associate Superintendent for Three Rivers Park District, and brings decades of experience and passion in outdoor adventure.
Tom has spent most of his career with Three Rivers, serving in a variety of positions including Naturalist, Division Manager, and Director of Natural Resources. As Associate Superintendent Tom is responsible for sustainability efforts, outdoor education/ recreation programming, and natural resources management. His outdoor interests include running, bike touring, camping and gardening (ask him about his giant pumpkins!).
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Jaime Swenson

Jamie is the Human Resources Manager for Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health. She has spent her career building relationships focused on helping leaders and employees perform at their best to provide exceptional patient care. She enjoys a very active lifestyle of swimming, biking, skiing, hiking, yoga, gardening, and anything else that gets her outdoors and exploring! Her children’s love of triathlon inspired her to become active in supporting adventure races for other children. You will find her behind the scenes and working hard at all our CycleHealth events. She is a tireless volunteer and fierce advocate for the mission of CycleHealth.
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JAMIE
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Laurie Knutson

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LAURIE
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Laurie Knutson

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Suzie O’Gorman

Suzie is a proven successful senior leader in Innovation in medical device and the healthcare industries. She loves sharing her passion for “what’s next” in our health! She is inspired to workout 5x/week knowing the amazing effects exercise has in her day. With 28 triathlons under her belt, a three-mile open water race, and daily kickboxing, kettle-bells and primal exercises, Suzie is thrilled to be a part of the CycleHealth family, and together change the trajectory of health in America.
Athletics has always held a special place in her heart. As a collegiate swimmer at the University of Minnesota, Suzie was a Big Ten Champion, a five-time All-American Honorable Mention, and a Team Captain for two years.
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STAFF AND KAP

STAFF

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Betsy Grams, Co-Founder

People Uniter. With her proven track record of spearheading several record setting kid-based racing and fundraising events for charity, we’re thrilled to have Betsy as the fearless leader of our bold mission to create a new cycle of health in America.
A natural spirit builder, Betsy unites people from all backgrounds to do great things together. She has the unique ability to execute the vision of our corporate sponsors and to motivate school-aged children to embrace our life-changing events and campaigns for charity. Betsy believes it’s time to challenge kids to accomplish more than our culture asks of them. “Society too easily accepts mediocrity from kids. We don’t. They desire, and are capable of, leading significant lives and that’s what we inspire them to do.”
Living by example, Betsy is a marathoner and triathlete who loves warrior yoga, and does her best thinking while sweating.
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BETSY
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Tony Schiller, Co-Founder

Perseverance personified. For decades Tony has performed at a world-class level as an athlete, speaker, and event creator.
Who better to lead our kid’s races than the nation’s only man to win double national titles for his age group at both the 2014 and 2015 USA Triathlon National Championships. Tony’s year was topped with gold and silver medal performances in two races at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Championships in September. His career totals are now 79 outright triathlon wins plus 14 national and 7 world titles for his age group.
Tony brings the same enthusiasm when he speaks to groups and leads CycleHealth events. His programs have helped over 200,000 people ranging from kids to executives. He’s most proud of having helped kids develop resilience for life, a passion for fitness, and a commitment to serving others. As America’s most successful kid’s triathlon race director, 14,000 kids have finished his races and raised $4.6 million for charity.
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Kristina Swenson, Campaign Specialist Intern

Kristina Swenson graduated from St. Michael-Albertville High School in 2015, and is currently attending Iowa State University to pursue a degree in Marketing. At Iowa State, Kristina is in the Freshman Honors Program, a Student Admissions Representative serving as a host to campus visitors, participating in the Non-Profit Protege Program by shadowing an administrator of a local non-profit organization, doing research with a professor in the Food Science and Human Nutrition department, and co-directing the InCydeman indoor triathlon hosted by the ISU Triathlon Club.
She competes in triathlons year round as a member of the Iowa State and Z3 triathlon teams. Kristina spends her summer training for triathlon both here in Minnesota and in Iowa, and swims with a competitive club swim team.
Kristina has raised over $50,000 for a non-profit organization supporting children with cancer by means of silent auctions, speaking engagements, and other community outreach. She has a passion for helping others and for being part of something greater than herself. Kristina has won several awards for her achievements including the Kohl’s Cares Award and the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
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Mike Langer, Marketing Czar

Mike is the owner of Mike Langer Design, a full-service branding, marketing and graphic design shop that works with clients of all sizes. With experience in branding, retail package, web design, photography and video, Mike is focused on strategically-driven concepts and collaborative teamwork. Just ask Tony and Betsy of CycleHealth, he’s been a solid partner in recent marketing efforts, from t-shirts, promotional materials and Sweat Rx pads to the website you are on now!

On the side, Mike downhill ski-races in the winter, rides motorcycles in the summer, and in between laughs a lot with his wife, son and black lab (she wags more than laughs). He has been active his whole life running and bicycling, and is a big believer in healthy lifestyles.
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Heather Loehrer, Health Policy Analyst

Heather loves traveling and learning about the world. With a blend of CrossFit and yoga, she’s created a balanced foundation of strength and endurance which allows her to go further and experience more things. She’s ready to conquer whatever the world has to throw at her. She feels that being strong has shifted her focus from how she looks to what she can do. She recently started listening to her passion for physical fitness and kids by taking on the position as volunteer coordinator for CycleHealth. She thinks that this will allow her to continue to be inspired and to also inspire kids to find this journey sooner than she did. Some of the things she does in her free time include golfing (competitively), biking, snowboarding and exploring the world with her amazing boyfriend Stuart and puppy, Kilo.
Heather’s philosophy on life is this: “In all you do, do it well and with passion. Surround yourself with those who inspire that passion. Everyday I strive to live life to the fullest. I continue to lean into challenges and being uncomfortable knowing that the end product is progress. I portray this mentality in all I do everyday in hopes that this inspires those around me to do the same.”
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Wesley Donaldson, KAPtain of KAP

Wesley Donaldson is a homeschooled freshman, and enjoys learning at the comforts of his home. Besides his general classes, he studies Mandarin Chinese. In fall sports, Wesley has played soccer for two years with Metro United as a midfielder and additionally coaches elementary kids at a introductory soccer camp during the winter session. In the spring, he runs long-distance track for Eden Prairie High School. He loves to be outside and stay active during all seasons with his friends and his nine siblings. Wesley has been avidly involved in CycleHealth events and the Kid Advisory Panel. He is excited to bring a new cycle of health to kids in America.
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ADVISORY

ADVISORY

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Diana Pierce

Diana has been a reporter and anchor for KARE 11 News since 1983. Currently, she anchors the KARE 11 at 11 and KARE 11 News @ 4:00 p.m. weekdays on television and online.
Among her career highlights at KARE 11, she covered the 1984 GOP National Convention in Dallas, Texas. In 1985, Diana traveled to Japan where she reported on the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II. In 1989, Diana received a National Merit Achievement Award from the National Muscular Dystrophy Association for “ALS: the Joe Dilts story.” Recently, Diana was inducted into the Museum of Broadcasting’s Hall of Fame. Diana is a graduate of Boston University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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DIANA
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Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson is the Sr. Vice President of the Phoenix Children’s Health Network. He brings a passion for innovating and pioneering new ways to improve the health of our kids. He is on the front line in defining healthcare reform with over 600 member pediatric physicians. He works closely with independent clinics, hospitals, insurance plans and businesses to redefine the way we deliver care to our pediatric population and their families.
Chad fully subscribes to the philosophy of never letting play die in your life. He is an active triathlete, mountain climber, hiker, and general adventure seeker. Chad holds firmly to the mantra that a person who never forgets how to play is a healthy, and ultimately successful, person. He is excited to bring that vision and philosophy to the CycleHealth team.
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Ananda Bates

Ananda’s professional background is in the creative field of Advertising and Interactive Marketing. He’s worked at several Agencies both here in Minneapolis and in New York.
He credits his ability to endure the strain of endurance sports to his parents who taught him early in life how to focus the mind and control the breath. Ananda has used this practice in everything from music to communication and is excited to share this capability with kids who might be struggling to find focus, purpose, strength and even kindness.
Ananda brings an extensive set of tools from videography to Voice Over talent. He is also a darn good cook.
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ANANDA
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Mike Polehna

For the past 37 years, Mike has served as the Parks Manager for Washington County. He was among the original key leaders who put the weight of their positions and their networks on the line to help launch CycleHealth in 2014. His support and leadership were instrumental in creating the best-ever first-time kids’ triathlon event in Minnesota at the inaugural BreakAway Kids Tri at Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
In addition to his work for the County, Mike has long served in numerous leadership positions in Washington County and the City of Stillwater, including current City Council Member and past Mayor. In his spare time, Mike loves to climb steps for fitness, hunt and fish, and enjoy time with his beautiful grandchildren.
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Joanna Perkins, MD

Joanna serves as Medical Director of Outreach and Service Excellence, and Staff Physician at Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota. A passionate advocate for kids, Joanna brings her signature thoughtfulness and dedication to our team.
Widely respected in her field of pediatric oncology, Joanna is also widely loved by her patients and their families. Besides providing extraordinary medical care, Joanna also concerns herself with the quality of life of her patients. She is an instrumental leader of Camp VIP – a camp for children with cancer and their siblings – that CycleHealth kids are funding through the BreakAway Kids Tri campaign.
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JOANNA
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IT’S GREAT TO PRESCRIBE SOMETHING FUN AND HEALTHY RATHER THAN MEDICATION. KIDS LOVE IT; FAMILIES ARE ENERGIZED TO BE HEALTHIER TOGETHER.

DR. SHELLY STRONG, CENTRAL PEDIATRICS

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CycleHealth
6545 Flying Cloud Drive, Ste 202
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
CycleHealth is a MN-based non-profit (501C3) founded in 2013.
Our EIN is 46-3077108.
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