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Tribute Giving: Honor and Memorial Donations

Whether celebrating a special occasion, a milestone or a life well-lived; a gift in memory or honor of someone is a unique expression of gratitude. We appreciate the special privilege of accepting these tributes on behalf of Hennepin Healthcare.

These gifts serve to strengthen our ability to provide exceptional care without exception. You may also designate to a program meaningful to the recipient of your tribute. With your permission, we can also inform the honoree or memorial family of your gift. Please complete our donation form to share your preferences.

Generosity happens here because our donors share in the beauty of the human experience and all its possibilities. Thank you.

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Donations for Hennepin Healthcare can be mailed to Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, 701 Park Avenue, LSB3, Minneapolis, MN 55415 or donated online at

For information on creating an endowment, contact:

Chad Boysen, Director of Development

[email protected]


Why We Gave in Memory of Cole Kerr Hillenbrand

Our family has been East Lake Clinic patients for 22 years and Eileen Kerr, Physician's Assistant, has known us the entire time. She was our matchmaker, and then midwife and we bestowed her last name as our son Cole’s middle name. When Cole was three-months old he had seizures. We were led to Hennepin Healthcare’s pediatric neurology department where we found treatment.

Eileen Kerr’s family and ours grew, sharing milestones, holidays and playtime. We shared the news with her when he graduated from South High School, was accepted into MCTC, had earned his Registered Massage Therapist license from CenterPoint Massage School, and the fateful day in 2015 when his seizures returned. It was Eileen’s combination of healthcare provider, family friend and neighbor that helped our family navigate through it all. Hennepin Healthcare isn’t just buildings. It is made up of people who serve.

Cole July 2020 for hillenbrand

Losing a child is a heartache like no other. Losing an adult son or daughter is a complex pain on its own level. When we lost our dear son Cole at age 27, it was a gut punch. He had just found his passion, purpose and people. Cole was a kind and gentle spirit who learned therapeutic massage techniques to help people arrive at balance. He was complemented as a natural intuitive healer who had the power of touch, compassion and presence far beyond his years. When his seizures forced him to concentrate on his own healing, he found support in his Corcoran community until he passed in 2018.

In recent weeks, when the East Lake Clinic succumbed to fire and water damage, we wanted to help heal the community Cole loved so much. By making a memorial gift to the Clinic restoration, it completed a circle to honor him as a healer while helping our healing as well. That would have made Cole smile. We loved his smile.

That is why we give. 

Al Hilenbrand and Janet Etten, grateful patients and parents

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