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Medtronic Global Heroes program is a first-of-its kind as it celebrates the accomplishments of runners from around the world who have medical devices to treat conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, spinal disorders, chronic pain or neurological disorders.

Leslie Lam a former Mrs. America (2000) from Kaneohe, Hawaii, will be running the 2007 Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon with an unique group of runners. Lam, who has a pacemaker to treat a heart arrhythmia, is one of 23 long-distance runners who benefit from medical technology and will be one of Medtronic’s 2007 Global Heroes.

Launched in 2006, the Medtronic Global Heroes program is a first-of-its kind as it celebrates the accomplishments of runners from around the world who have medical devices to treat conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, spinal disorders, chronic pain or neurological disorders. Their continued passion for running serves as an inspiration to others. The honorees for 2007, which include Jim Scheibel, former mayor of St. Paul, hail from the United States, South Africa, Spain, Canada and the Netherlands.

“Through their individual achievements we witness firsthand how people worldwide are able to pursue personal goals and lead fuller, more active lives assisted by medical technology,†said Stephen Oesterle, Medtronic senior vice president of medicine and technology.

Each Global Hero will run the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or Medtronic TC 10 Mile on Sunday, October 7, 2007. In addition to providing race entry and travel expenses, the Medtronic Foundation will donate $1,000 to a non-profit patient organization that educates and supports people who live with a Global Heroes’ condition.

Additional information about the Medtronic Global Heroes program can be found at www.medtronic.com/globalheroes.

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