Lynn’s generous gift will help more patients in need

Posted August 4th, 2017 by Be The Match and filed in News
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Lynn Abrahamsen

After a long and successful career in health care, the choice to share her expertise and “give back” comes naturally for Lynn Abrahamsen.

“I have always believed in giving back to the community. That has been something that’s just part of who I am, forever.”

After more than forty years in the health care industry, most recently as the chief executive officer of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc., Lynn was planning for retirement, knowing that service to her community would make up a big part of her time. She had begun her career fresh out of college as a volunteer director, helping people give their time in the health care field. Toward the end of her career, her duties as a hospital CEO left little time for community service, and so she knew she wanted to re-invigorate that skill set upon retiring. Beyond grandchildren, hiking and spending time at the lake, she wanted to find an organization that she could spend time with, and make a meaningful contribution to.

Choosing Be The Match
Due in large part to her experience in the health care field, Lynn has been drawn to organizations that combine a scientific aspect along with a service to patients. To see, first hand, the research and hard work of the scientific community be actualized for patients is both intellectually stimulating and rewarding for Lynn. This interest, and her prior knowledge of the organization from the health care world, led Lynn to Be The Match.

Although she doesn’t have a close relative or friend who has needed the services of Be The Match, her interest in the science and patient support drew her to our mission. She also finds herself constantly humbled by the number of people who volunteer to be a part of the Be The Match Registry® – joining to see if they could save the life of a stranger.

Reflecting on her decision to make a major gift
As a member of multiple boards, Lynn has experience when it comes to being a board member and supporting an organization with various resources. She believes that when someone accepts a board spot, they need to be prepared to offer their expertise, their judgement, and their resources – which can come in a lot of different ways. To her, it’s clear that Be The Match needs financial contributions to fulfill the mission, and not every patient can afford the high costs of transplant. And so, after being nominated as chair of the NMDP/Be The Match Board of Directors in 2016, Lynn decided to make a generous gift of $25,000 to Be The Match.

“The organization is clearly values-driven, and I’m happy to see my money go to support this mission.”

Lynn’s gift will be benefiting the Drs. Jeffery and Isabell Chell Patient Assistance Fund. We are so very grateful for Lynn’s generous contribution, both of her time and her financial resources, and we are thrilled to be able to further our mission, save more lives and help even more patients and families as they navigate the world of transplant as a result of her gift.

“The more time you spend with the organization, the more you realize that your financial contribution is highly valued, and necessary for the mission.”

Interested in joining Lynn in supporting Be The Match?
Join the registry – you could be the match that someone is searching for.
Give – big or small, financial gifts help continue our mission to help patients and their families.

For more information on major gift opportunities contact Keith Stout, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at 763-406-8150 or sstout@NMDP.ORG

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