Look for Skate 4 Sarah Wristbands at the NSIM

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By Christina Larson-Dickson

Skate 4 Sarah and Operation Smile

In March 2016, Sarah Gutknecht, Age 54 of Mpls, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After a courageous and inspiring fight with the disease, Sarah passed on August 24th, 2017.

For those of you who are acquainted with Sarah, you know that she was a gifted inline skater, skier and cyclist, avid volunteer, funny, kind, intelligent and generally an awesome human being. For those of you who didn’t, Sarah’s full-time work was as a pediatric nurse practitioner for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. She was also passionate about the international non-profit organization Operation Smile assisting with surgical procedures for children with severe cleft lip/pallets on over 25 global missions.

Skate 4 Sarah! Reflective Wristbands

We are showing our love for Sarah through donations to her requested non-profit organizations; Operation Smile and Humane Society, as well as wearing these reflective wristbands to honor her.  Contact or Christina Larson-Dickson at nordicskater@hotmail.com or pick up a wristband this weekend at the Northshore Inline Marathon Expo merchandise booth in Duluth. Please make a donation and wear your wristband proudly at NSIM, Sarah’s Celebration of Life on 9/17 and whenever you are out and about skating, cycling, skiing, etc.

One of Sarah’s last communications with our skating community was to “Keep the rubber on the road.”  Let’s honor her wishes and keep her spirit alive!

Click here to donate to Operation Smile

Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers.



Sarah Gutknecht