The Great River Energy Bicycle Festival announced that it has raised $30,000 for Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in 2007, double its largest contribution to date. The Festival, which includes the Nature Valley Grand Prix professional bike race, has partnered with the Children's Association of Minneapolis to support Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota since 2003, raising more than $90,000.
Funds from the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival are directed to the Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care Department at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the only programme of its kind in the state. Members of this department form an interdisciplinary team providing long-term, coordinated, holistic care for both the child and family. Their team includes the child's physician, family, specially trained physicians, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, chaplains, and volunteers., working together in the hospital or at home to relieve the suffering of the child and family.