We've been nationally recognized for our dedication to our customers, our community, and the Subaru Love Promise.
We're honored to receive the 2022 Subaru Love Promise Customer and Community Commitment Award. This award nationally recognizes elite Subaru retailers who provide an exceptional customer experience at every interaction with Subaru. These retailers have also demonstrated an outstanding commitment to supporting passions and causes in their local communities in important areas such as the environment, community, health, education, and pets.
Subaru and our retailers believe in making the world a better place and the Subaru Love Promise is our vision of respecting all people. This is our commitment to show love and respect to our customers and to work to make a positive impact in the world.
Whether they live in our homes or in the wild, Subaru is committed to keeping all animals safe and healthy.
A partner since 2008, Subaru has donated over $28 million to the ASPCA and through Subaru Loves Pets has helped support the rescue, transport, adoption, and well-being of over 230,000 animals across the country.
Subaru and our retailers are committed to protecting and preserving the Earth, not just by our words, but also by our actions.
Since 2018, as part of the Subaru Loves the Earth initiative, Subaru and retailers across the country have partnered with TerraCycle® and have collected over 7 million pieces of hard-to-recycle trash from their communities. Items such as snack bag wrappers, coffee cups, or used cabin air filters from service areas have been diverted from landfills and given a second life by TerraCycle when it is converted into durable furniture and other usable items.
It's our goal to make the pursuit of knowledge available to as many minds as possible.
Since 2015 Subaru, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement Science, donated over 369,000 award-winning science books. In addition, through our partnerships with Staples and Adoptaclassroom.org we supported teachers and students with donations of $400,000 in gift cards and school supplies.
In a perfect world, hunger would be history and hope would be commonplace. We believe a perfect world is possible.
In 2020, Subaru and its retailers made a donation to Feeding America to provide 50 million meals to help feed people in need during the COVID-19 crisis,* making meals available at 199 local food banks across the country.
*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local member food banks.
We should all have a chance to lead a healthy life. We’re aiming to give as many people that chance as we can.
Since 2016, Subaru and its retailers have partnered with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to donate over 167,000 blankets and 21,500 arts & crafts kits and reached nearly 150,000 patients in more than 780 hospitals nationwide.
Our love promise can be seen in different ways such as local charity events and non-profit charities, along with share the love events. This is our way of being apart of the community.
Subaru and Walser Subaru Burnsville believe in making a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work. We uphold that belief through our Love Promise Community Commitment. Every month, we select inspiring stories from customers and partners from around our area who strive to support our collective commitment and feature them here.
During the year of 2022, Walser Subaru Burnsville decided to provide support to the teachers and students at Edward Neill Elementary school. During that time, Subaru Burnsville donated $6,000, 10 supply kits, and supported over 300 students! Teachers at Edward Neill Elementary like Dena Bing, decided to use that money “to purchase educational centers, games and supplies for my special education students.” Fifth grade teacher Ryann Armstrong, decided to use the donation money to “help create a safe environment for our students learning and give them access to flexible seating and materials that will enhance their learning even more.” Through the AdoptAClassroom.org partnership, automaker and retailers have helped more than 300,000 students nationwide get the resources their classrooms need to succeed. According to AdoptAClassroom.org, more than 92 percent of classrooms have students whose families cannot afford to purchase any school supplies for their children. Many teachers are filling the gap by spending their own money, on average up to $750 each year, to equip their classrooms and students. Walser Subaru Burnsville continues to work hard to provide a better learning community and show that Subaru is one of the most caring brands in the nation.
Through our partnership with Walser Subaru of Burnsville, we hosted an adoption event during the month of October where 65 of our dogs and puppies came to the Walser Subaru showroom to meet potential adopters. By the end of October, Warrior Dog Rescue and Walser Subaru of Burnsville helped 69 dogs find their perfect, loving homes. Thanks to Kristen Laflex from Walser Subaru, we were able to send so many of our warrior dogs to their FURever homes. Dixie and Trixie were two of our senior warrior dogs that were adopted in October. They lived their whole life in one home in Alabama, when their owner passed away and the family didn't know what to do with these sweet girls. They tried to take care of them for about a month by leaving them in the home with food and water, alone. Thankfully, the family reached out to our rescue partner in Alabama while a Warrior Dog Team was there for a work week. Scared and in horrible condition, we were able to gain their trust and bring them to safety with the help of time, beef jerky, and very soft voices. The conditions they were in were awful... the air in the home was so thick and the smell will not soon be forgotten. The floors were caked in dirt and feces. After a safe and secure rescue, we were able to put them on the long 16 hour transport ride home to Minnesota. Both girls had a full dental, pulling about 20 teeth each and Dixie had a tumor removed from her abdomen. They took a few days to decompress in a quiet, warm, and clean room to themselves. They slept a lot and finally got to eat some good food. Then, with a lot of love and patience, they were able to relax and start accepting love. They are now in a very loving adopted home TOGETHER. These little senior ladies are so deserving of everything they now have and we can only do rescues like this one thanks to the donations we receive and partnerships we have from our wonderful community.
Food insecurity remains one of the challenges many Americans face each day, making it hard for people to reach their full potential. This year Walser Subaru and the entire Walser Automotive Group partnered with Second Harvest Heartland, a local non-profit located in Minnesota, whose mission is to provide food for those in need. Using the dealership as a collection zone, Walser customers were encouraged to stop by and drop off food items that were then donated to help fight hunger. While collecting food items was the primary goal, Walser did not just stop there. The Walser Automotive group also committed to donating $1 for every pound of food collected. So, what were the results? In just 10 short days of the campaign running, Walser Subaru and the Walser Automotive group were able to collect just over 4,450 pounds of food! In addition, they also donated $4,450 to help fight hunger in our local communities. This just goes to show the power of teamwork. Walser Subaru thanks everyone who donated their time and resources to help make a change in our community.
Walser Subaru recently partnered with Warrior Dog Rescue, an organization whose goal is to help find loving homes for dogs in need. Since October of 2017 they have rescued over 2,800 dogs! Seeing the need for additional visibility in the community, Walser Subaru hosted a dog adoption event within the dealership to bring together those looking for a new furry friend. The event also included some amazing activities for current dog owners to stop by and give their pet some royal treatment. As the dogs arrived they were first greeted with a premium selection of treats to choose, making them feel right at home. After that, they could make their way down a red carpet runway which featured a "puparazzi" to get photos of the owners and their pets. Additional clothing accessories were optional for the dogs feeling a little more creative. Then came the moment most dogs went crazy for which was the selection of their very own toy to take home. Each dog received a few minutes to enter the Walser delivery bay which was filled with hundreds of dog toys. After playing with their favorite ones, they could then take it home with them. Warrior Dog Rescue brought over 50 dogs to the event who were eligible for adoption, and each one was able to participate in the activities listed above as well. Walser Subaru is committed to helping pets in need and we are so happy we were able to partner with Warrior Dog Rescue to help gives visibility to their organization and find homes for dogs in need.
Walser Subaru was honored to present their generous gift of craft kits, fleece blankets and personal Messages of Hope to the patients of The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital recently. Walser Subaru has been partnering with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society since 2016 – the first year that Subaru of America chose LLS as their Subaru Loves to Care partner nationally. To make the delivery of this generous gift even more special, a special leukemia survivor joined in the fun. Recent high school graduate Jack Taggart proudly received a Subaru blanket at The University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital where he received his lifesaving bone marrow transplant last year. After two battles with leukemia, two bone marrow transplants, bone issues and hip replacement at age 14, he graduated from high school this year! We celebrated his SURVIVORSHIP, his GRADUATION, and even his LLS SCHOLARSHIP he recently received. Jack is an All-Star LLS Volunteer – speaking to dozens of Pennies for Patients schools, as a Light the Night Hero, 2021 Boy of the Year, so to say this family is beloved by our team is an understatement. LLS-funded therapies have saved Jack’s life before, and now we get to help launch him into his college career. Walser Subaru absolutely adored hearing Jack share his story and bearing witness to this full circle moment for him. This was a day to celebrate Jack and all patients as well as a day to thank those who work to improve the quality of life of patients and their families – their medical teams at Masonic Children’s Hospital and the generous supporters of Walser Subaru!
Walser Subaru ran the annual Shop For A Cause campaign in June, a fundraiser benefiting non-profits covering a wide range of social services including; homelessness, addiction recovery and mental health, assistance dogs, youth art/design and protecting/preserving Minnesota's wildlife habitat, clean water, outdoor experiences and scenic beauty for generations to come. Before getting the keys to their new car, customers could choose from a menu of local non-profits to support: Avivo, Juxtaposition Arts, Helping Paws or Minnesota Land Trust. Walser Subaru St. Paul was able to raise a total of $6,500 to aid the various non-profits in our communities. Walser Auto Group as a whole generated $94,000 to benefit local non-profits. Thank you to everyone that bought a vehicle/donated during Shop For A Cause to support these organizations! Shop For A Cause continues to be one of our customers and employees favorite themes throughout the year. We’re proud to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work.
Our organization, Every Third Saturday, or ETS for short, would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone at Walser Subaru. ETS supports veterans and their families by supporting, connecting, and empowering them to create a better future. Kaci Luth originally contacted us about participating in the Share the Love event at the Burnsville dealership and we gladly accepted! As this was our first-time being part of the event, we didn't know what to expect, and we were blown away by the friendliness exhibited by everyone at the dealership. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to come in on a Saturday morning and give the sales team an idea of what we do and why we do it. ETS serves over 1,200 veterans each year and we value opportunities to let people know about the needs of the veteran’s community. The response was tremendous and resulted in ETS receiving a donation over $15,000! The donation will go a long way in helping ETS maintain available funds for emergency assistance grants. We have already spent 65% of our annual funds budgeted for emergency financial support and we are not yet through half of the year. The funds are already being used to meet the needs of vets and their families. As we speak, ETS is currently paying the cost of a hotel for a veteran, his wife, and three grandchildren, who are in Fargo, ND making arrangements to bring their son, Vander, home for burial. Vander was an active-duty Marine who was killed last week by a drunk driver while home on leave. The family did not have the financial ability to pay to stay for a week and feed their now fatherless grand kids. Additionally, ETS is paying for the cost of a veteran named Clayton to pack up his belongings and move them to Houston, TX. Unfortunately, Clayton was recently informed he has terminal cancer, and his desire is to return to Texas to be close to family in his final weeks. Due to his being on a fixed income, Clayton did not have the money to hire movers and rent a truck to complete the move. In both instances, the financial support is enabling veterans and their families to concentrate on their difficult life circumstances without the worry of financial burdens. It is because of the generosity and dedication of everyone at Walser Subaru in Burnsville that ETS is able to meet these needs and will continue to have the ability to meet these types of needs in the future. Whether it be an unforeseen life emergency, a terminal diagnosis, auto repairs, a hotel stay to prevent homelessness, or diapers for the children of a veteran who cannot afford the skyrocketing cost, ETS will be there, and we are humbled and grateful to call Walser Subaru a true partner and look forward to working together again soon.
Our organization, Every Third Saturday, or ETS for short, would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone at Walser Subaru. ETS supports veterans and their families by supporting, connecting, and empowering them to create a better future. Kaci Luth originally contacted us about participating in the Share the Love event at the Burnsville dealership and we gladly accepted! As this was our first-time being part of the event, we didn't know what to expect, and we were blown away by the friendliness exhibited by everyone at the dealership. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to come in on a Saturday morning and give the sales team an idea of what we do and why we do it. ETS serves over 1,200 veterans each year and we value opportunities to let people know about the needs of the veteran’s community. The response was tremendous and resulted in ETS receiving a donation over $15,000! The donation will go a long way in helping ETS maintain available funds for emergency assistance grants. We have already spent 65% of our annual funds budgeted for emergency financial support and we are not yet through half of the year. The funds are already being used to meet the needs of vets and their families. As we speak, ETS is currently paying the cost of a hotel for a veteran, his wife, and three grandchildren, who are in Fargo, ND making arrangements to bring their son, Vander, home for burial. Vander was an active-duty Marine who was killed last week by a drunk driver while home on leave. The family did not have the financial ability to pay to stay for a week and feed their now fatherless grand kids. Additionally, ETS is paying for the cost of a veteran named Clayton to pack up his belongings and move them to Houston, TX. Unfortunately, Clayton was recently informed he has terminal cancer, and his desire is to return to Texas to be close to family in his final weeks. Due to his being on a fixed income, Clayton did not have the money to hire movers and rent a truck to complete the move. In both instances, the financial support is enabling veterans and their families to concentrate on their difficult life circumstances without the worry of financial burdens. It is because of the generosity and dedication of everyone at Walser Subaru in Burnsville that ETS is able to meet these needs and will continue to have the ability to meet these types of needs in the future. Whether it be an unforeseen life emergency, a terminal diagnosis, auto repairs, a hotel stay to prevent homelessness, or diapers for the children of a veteran who cannot afford the skyrocketing cost, ETS will be there, and we are humbled and grateful to call Walser Subaru a true partner and look forward to working together again soon
Helping Paws is a Hopkins, Minnesota non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with 34 years of experience training and placing Service Dogs with individuals with disabilities or veterans/first responders with PTSD. These circumstances are often very isolating and can make everyday tasks frustrating or impossible. Helping Paws Service Dogs are trained to provide assistance with many daily living activities (about 80 commands in all) and offer much-needed companionship. Since 1988, Helping Paws has matched over 275 people with a Service Dog, giving individuals the gifts of independence and companionship. Helping Paws is one of two organizations located in Minnesota that are fully accredited by Assistance Dogs International. The training and matching of a service dog is a long labor of love, taking about 2 ½ years to complete and requires thousands of specialized volunteer hours. Graduate Don E. and Helping Paws Service Dog Pixel - “As my situation with Muscular Dystrophy and Kennedy’s Disease progresses, I know Pixel is there for me. Our day starts with Pixel helping me dress in the morning. This includes gathering up my shoes on the floor, my knee braces as well as picking up off the floor yesterday’s clothes. These are little things that are big for me. Now we’re ready to tackle my day. Recently at a doctor’s appointment, my insurance card and a credit card fell and landed on the floor. Pixel was right on it, picking them up and handing them to me. The receptionist and others looked on in amazement. It brings me great joy to see the looks on people’s faces as they look at each other and say, did you see that!"
Litter is harmful to our environment and wildlife. There are many parks, lakes, ponds, creeks and rivers in Burnsville where a lot of this trash ends up. Crystal Lake is a bustling lake nestled across highway 35W from Buck Hill. It's a great lake for recreational activities such as boating, fishing, walking trails and more. Being such an active lake located right off of the highway in a metropolitan area it can be victim to littering. As part of Subaru Loves The Earth month, our dedicated Green Team cleaned up Crystal Lake Park in Burnsville, MN to help preserve the environment and wildlife for future generations. We filled a truck bed with trash that was picked up around the park, on the beach and on the trails.
February 2021, Walser Subaru participated in an in-store volunteer event. Walser Subaru St. Paul contributed to the approximately 150 telehealth kits decorated and filled, made 40 Chewelry necklaces for Fraser. As an Auto Group we assembled personal hygiene kits and snack kits for The Link, Love One Another and Simpson Housing Services, and we assembled 900 snack kits with personalized notes for MATTER. The team at Walser Subaru had a blast making these telehealth kits/necklaces/etc for those in need and felt great making a difference in our communities!
Walser Subaru partnered with Second Harvest Heartland, the Midwest's largest Hunger Relief organization, in a Drive To End Hunger during the month of October. Customers, Employees, Family and Friends were encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items to help feed those in need during the Holidays. To make an even bigger impact - For every pound of food collected, $1 was donated to support those in need! $1 donated to Second Harvest Heartland helps provide 3 meals to families in need. Walser Subaru helped contribute to the total of 8,571 lbs (and $8,571 donated, which equals 25,713 meals!) collected across Minnesota Walser stores!
June 2021, Walser Subaru ran the annual Shop For A Cause campaign, a fundraiser benefiting nonprofits covering a wide range of social services, including support for veterans, mental health services, LGBTQ+ youth, wealth-building initiatives in BIPOC communities, teachers, and rescue animals. Before getting the keys to their new car, customers could choose from a menu of local nonprofits to support: Every Third Saturday, Nexus Community Partners, People Incorporated, The Bridge For Youth, Project Teacher, Rise Up For Youth, and Beauties & Beasts. Walser Subaru was able to raise a total of $5,300 to aid the various non-profits in our communities. Thank you to everyone that bought a vehicle/donated during Shop For a Cause to support these organizations! Shop For a Cause was incredibly well received by our customers. People are genuinely excited to learn about these organizations and give back, especially in this time of heightened need. Covid-19 has profoundly impacted nonprofits and communities. The unpredictability of canceled or virtual fundraising events, loss of sponsors, and overall staffing issues have created concern in the nonprofit sector. We’re proud to make this impact at a key time in the communities where we live and work.
Teddy came to Wags and Whiskers in June of 2020 and we were expecting a typical, goofy, fun loving puppy to arrive on transport day. However, when Teddy got off the transport van, it was clear that he was having a hard time using his back legs appropriately and that he needed to be seen by a specialist. After a trip to the neurologist, Teddy was diagnosed with a severe congenital spinal abnormality. His symptoms were indicative of a thoracolumbar spinal cord dysfunction. This abnormality was the source of his inability to move his back legs appropriately, and, unfortunately, this is not something that could not normally be fixed and could cause future medical hurdles for Teddy. Wags & Whiskers and Teddy's foster family were determined to do everything in their power to give Teddy the life he deserved. Teddy's story was shared on Facebook, and a wonderful, generous woman named Anne donated a doggie wheelchair for him to use. With the help of his wheelchair and the help of the resident dogs in his foster home, Teddy learned all about playing, exploring and running like a puppy. He eventually built enough muscle in his back legs to be able to walk without the help of his wheelchair. Teddy was adopted this October, and while he may face medical challenges in the future, for now he has hit the puppy jackpot! He lives with 2 other dogs and 2 cats, and gets to take trips to get a puppuccino with his family! His adoptive family reports that he can even walk up a few steps on his own. When Wags and Whiskers commits to rescuing an animal, we are all in. This doesn't change if an animal ends up needing more medical care than expected. Donations make it possible to get our foster animals the best veterinary and specialty care that they need to make sure they are happy, healthy, and ready for their forever families! Walser Subaru has continually been a big supporter of Wags & Whiskers by hosting adoption events, sponsoring adoption fees, collecting donations during the holiday season, and most recently donated $100 per animal that was adopted in the month of October.
June 26, Minneapolis – Walser Subaru and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, MN-ND-SD Chapter spread love, hope and warmth to blood cancer patients and their families staying at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Kids on the BMT floor stay in their rooms from four weeks to three months. In hopes of brightening the day, more than 30 volunteers gathered under the hospital windows to create a flash mob. The nurses were part of the plan and made sure patients looked out their windows in time to see the high school dance team perform. After lots of cheering, volunteers from Walser Subaru and LLS held up poster boards to spell “No One Fights Alone”. The festivities were inspired by one patient in particular – 16-year old Madisen Behl, who had just received a bone marrow transplant at Masonic. At age 9, Madisen was diagnosed with essential thrombocythemia. In June 2018 after a routine bone marrow biopsy doctors determined her disease had progressed to myelofibrosis, a chronic form of leukemia. It was decided a bone marrow transplant was the best option and only cure for Madisen. May 28, 2019 Madisen received a transplant from a very special donor, her 14-year old brother Ryan. During the flash mob, she was 29 days post-transplant and doing wonderful.The Behl family accepted a blanket on behalf of LLS and U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital in the lobby after the flash mob. Walser Subaru also surprised her with a bag full of presents to keep her entertained for her long recovery. They even delivered goodies for brother Ryan! Madisen’s mom said, “We are very grateful to the U of M for the amazing care they provide, and to LLS and Walser Subaru for taking time to bring some cheer and support to kids during this difficult journey.”
Thank you to Walser Subaru for supporting Make-A-Wish Minnesota during the 2018 Subaru Share the Love event! Make-A-Wish Minnesota received a donation of $31,321 which allows us to help grant more wishes for wish kids in Minnesota. Thanks to Subaru and their generous customers, over $3.6 Million was donated to Make-A-Wish America. Donations like this help us give wish kids, like Zane, the mental strength to power through their illnesses through a wish come true. We couldn’t do what we do without you!
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, as part of the national Subaru Loves to Care program, Walser Subaru worked with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to deliver 80 blankets, along with arts and crafts kits and cards of hope to patients at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.Jeff Holmquist from Walser Subaru and Nancy Warner from the Walser Foundation came to represent Subaru.They lit up the room when they brought in the gifts and were excited with the opportunity to hand them out to patients at the hospital. The patient ambassador who accepted the blankets on behalf of patients at Masonic Children’s Hospital was Nate Gfroerer. Two and a half years ago, 14-year-old Nate received the life-changing news that he had Chronic myeloid leukemia. For a time, Nate was treated with a targeted therapy drug,tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). However, Nate’s specific CML type was not responding to these medications. The oncologist then suggested a bone marrow transplant. Fortunately, Nate’s older sister, Katelyn was a perfect match! On Feb. 9, 2018, Nate was admitted to the Masonic Cancer Center. After undergoing radiation, chemo, and a bone marrow transplant— Nate is now cancer free! Patients were excited to see the blankets and craft kits and touched by the cards they received in the hospital. They spoke of how much these acts of kindness mean to them and how inspiring it is to see people making a difference. Nate and his family were especially grateful for the cards and blankets from Subaru. They couldn’t have had better things to say about the staff at Masonic Children’s and how smooth they made the whole process. Nate is happy to be in remission and spoke of his summer plans looking at colleges andgoing to his cabin.
Walser Subaru showed their commitment to “Subaru Loves Pets” month by hosting an adoption event on October 28th with the local rescue organization Wags & Whiskers Animal Rescue of MN. From the beginning stages of planning, Kristen made everything so smooth and easy for us. There was local advertising, social media advertising and people were eager to attend the event. When we arrived all of the employees of Walser Subaru were so helpful and made our fosters and their animals feel welcomed. We had 13 dogs and 18 cats in attendance and had many successful adoptions originate from the event. The feedback we received from the adopters and our foster families were filled with so many positive stories and a strong desire to work with Walser Subaru again in the future. The sponsorship, time, care, shelter kits and new adoption parent bags were more than we could have ever asked for and we at Wags & Whiskers are very thankful to have developed this new partnership with Walser Subaru. The support for our mission of saving animals, educating the public on fostering, adopting, and the importance of spay and neutering animals, was uplifting from the National and local level of Subaru. You have won us over and you will have new customers for life because it.
For the second year in a row Walser Subaru, Subaru of America and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) are spreading love, hope and warmth to cancer patients and their families in communities across the country. This June, customers visiting Walser Subaru were given the chance to write personalized messages of hope to patients in their local community. Those care cards were then handed out alongside a blanket to provide comfort and warmth to patients during their cancer journey. Kate, a current patient at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) this year at the age of thirteen. On June 27, members of the LLS Board of Trustees, generous staff from Walser Subaru, and a group of Kate's friends created a flash mob underneath the windows of Masonic Children's with posters and messages of hope for all the children on the BMT unit to see from their rooms. The flash mob of course included crazy hair, blow up guitars, hula hoops, tons of posters, and of course the donated blankets from Walser in hopes of bringing some smiles to the faces up above.
We used Earth Day as an event to invite parents, grandparents and friends to the school to clean up and plant our school garden. We followed the garden work with pizza lunch and a bonfire for the kids and their adult guests to enjoy together. Part of our Subaru grant was used to purchase many pairs of kid-sized garden gloves for our annual Earth Day Garden Clean-up event. Thanks to National Wildlife Federation and Subaru for helping us fulfill our mission of "Academic Achievement through Study and Exploration of the Natural World."
I'm sharing this as a volunteer for Homeward Bound Rescue, a No Kill rescue and placement for homeless dogs, puppies and cats. The dedication of the Burnsville Walser Subaru employees has spanned over 10 years of caring. They truly understand the journey of the homeless pets just waiting for a forever home. The events in the past have been dog washes, adoptions, being part of the Aids Walk and even a baseball game. This year they decided to do "The Tree Of Hope" at the dealership. They gave their customers incentives to donate to the rescue. I almost cried when I saw the giant amount of gifts. Blankets, food, beds, toys, raw hides and more. As we loaded the bounty in my SUV, it was packed to the brim with all their needs. Dreams do come true for the orphan pets. We are grateful for all the generous donations. Walser Subaru Burnsville, you have helped us save more four legged souls.
With the generous financial donation from Walser Automotive Group, I was able to upgrade our equipment to the most modern day standards. Our Burnsville High School students are now able to gain skills relevant to industry standards, and be well positioned for employment and/or further education after graduation. We were able to replace our decade old tire changing machine and tire balancer with the most modern road force balancer and robotic tire machine. In addition, Walser wants technicians to know how to use an “on car” brake lathe, so with their donation, I was able to purchase one and am now able to teach that skill. This new state-of-the-art equipment will provide my students with incredible learning opportunities that will prepare them for future success in the automotive industry.
Grant was diagnosed with CML at age 7. After a year of treatment, his leukemia was in remission. He goes to Children’s quarterly and receives an annual bone marrow biopsy. Two of his medications are possible due to LLS-funded research. “When I take medicine, it keeps my CML low so I can be a normal 13-year-old.” Grant fund-raises year round and threw out a pitch at Strike Out Cancer. At baseball practice, he discovered his new coaches delivered Subaru blankets to the Masonic Cancer Center in memory of their coach, Todd, 2 weeks before Grant’s delivery! They have more in common than baseball. Walser’s blanket delivery was during Grant’s quarterly visit to Dr. Perkins. We met between Grant’s labs and clinic appointment. Afterward his mom sent this message: “Thank you so much to all involved today! Grant loves his blanket and informed me he may not get off of the couch the rest of the night because it’s so comfy! Grant received a blanket his first night in the hospital after being diagnosed. That was his lucky blanket. Once we heard the word remission, the lucky blanket went into his closet. Today we turned the chapter in Grant's story with a new fancy blanket and news of his 5.5 year anniversary! We will miss seeing you, Dr. Perkins, but are excited to visit the clinic only TWICE a year!” *Grant would like you to know that his "Grandma Jules loves her Subaru and has driven one her entire life! Well, not her entire life - because she’s really old".
On July 21, Grant Albin, 13-year-old LLS Ambassador, accepted 60 blankets on behalf of cancer patients currently being treated at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Grant was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) in 2010 at just seven-years-old. After a year of treatment, his CML went into remission. Now, he goes to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota for quarterly clinic visits and receives a bone marrow biopsy once a year. For the most part, he manages his CML with oral medications and a daily inhibitor. Two of Grant’s oral medications are possible because of LLS funded research. “When I take my medicine, it keeps my CML at a low level so I can be a normal 13-year-old boy,” explains Grant. Dr. Joanna Perkins, Grant’s doctor, accepted the blankets alongside Grant and expressed her gratitude for the donation. “Grant loves Dr. Perkins. She is amazing and the staff at Children’s Hospital has been a blessing to our family,” said Stephanie. “My family and I are thankful for the research that is funded by LLS (that results in providing) medicines that help people like me with blood cancers. We support LLS and fund-raise so we can help find a cure someday. Thank you for supporting me and all the other people with blood cancers!” says Grant. The Albin family was thankful to be able to participate in this generous act from Walser Subaru.
At Rein in Sarcoma we feel the love of Walser Subaru's "Share the Love"event. Being designated the local charity of Walser Subaru is not only a great honor for Walser to choose a rare cancer which gives us a real opportunity to inform the public about these deadly cancers. As we raise awareness we will save lives because early detection can increase survivorship by 20%. Sarcomas are cancers of the connective tissue and can occur anywhere in the body. Though rare in adults, sarcoma cancers are one of the most dominate and lethal cancers among children and young adults. Rein in Sarcoma is the primary sarcoma organization in the Midwest and has funded over $1.5 million in sarcoma research at the University of Minnesota. In addition we work in collaboration with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and The Mayo Clinic. As an all-volunteer organization, over 90% of your "Share the Love" donation is directed toward finding cures, supporting sarcoma patients and their loved ones and education.