Dr. Arne Vainio is known for many things. The fact that he is
one of many great doctors at our clinics, his segments on the Native
Report, his Mad Dr. Science projects, and his writings from Indianz.com
and News from Indian Country are just a few ways hes known
(in my family hes most know for his car that runs on grease),
but Dr. Vainio never seeks out recognition.
Thats why on Sept. 9, it was very fitting that Dr. Vainio
was one of four honored with the Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung
Hero Award. He was selected by The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
and The McKnight Foundation for his "life-changing" work
in Native communities.
It wasnt much more than a week later on Sept. 19 that
the Min No Aya Win Clinic was hosting Real Men Wear Pink campaign
silent auction to help raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
Dr. Vainio is the local ambassador for the American Cancer Society.
The auction was very successful with a variety of items and gift
baskets donated. The auction raised $3500.
I spoke with Chris Davis, Medical Clinic Coordinator and Family
Nurse Practitioner at MNAW, about the event and much like Dr. Vainio,
just wanted to help for a great cause.
We were there to help support education and raise awareness
for people locally with help and support. American Indians have
higher rates of breast cancer diagnosis. This particular event was
just to raise awareness and raise some money for a good cause.
Dr. Vainio and medical staff team at MNAW put on the silent
auction and it certainly was a team effort. They would like to say
thank you from the team to everyone for their generosity in the
bids and the donations of the items auctioned.