Make a Gift to Neurosurgery

Discover new treatments and cures with us

Parkinson’s disease. Epilepsy. Stroke. Aneurysm. Brain tumors.

These conditions and many more can strike loved ones with or without warning or hereditary connections. A gift of any kind enables you to join hands with us as we strive to find the best ways to treat and even cure debilitating disorders of the brain, nerves and muscles. All gifts are received and processed by the University of Minnesota Foundation. If you have specific questions, or would prefer walking through the donation process with an expert, please contact Catherine McGlinch, Director of Development, 612-626-5456.

There are three ways to make your gift:

  1. By phone with a credit card, by calling 800-775-2187 or 612-624-3333
  2. By mail. Send your check to:
    University of Minnesota Foundation
    P.O. Box 64001
    St. Paul, MN 55164-001

    IMPORTANT: Be sure to indicate the purpose of your gift (for example, Neurosurgery or stroke) on the check or in a cover letter.
  3. Online through the Neurosurgery Department's donation page. There are several funds from which to choose. Read more

Learn about additional ways to give through appreciated securities, real estate, bequests, trusts, and more. Or contact Catherine McGlinch, Director of Development, 612-626-5456.

Taking things into his own hands helped U of M facial pain patient get the help he needed

Dan WilsonLike many people who have chronic pain, Cedar Falls, IA, resident, Dan Wilson (pictured at right), learned how to cope. As an artist, he learned that the creative process allowed his brain to overcome (or at least ignore) the pain. As a drummer (with great ear plugs), he learned the healing power of pounding rhythm. But neither were enough.

Dan had trigeminal neuralgia (TN), a condition sometimes known as the “suicide disease.” It’s characterized by debilitating facial pain that affects every aspect of a sufferer’s life. The pain is often described as lightning bolts that attack one side of the face and can be brought on by things as simple as smiling, talking, laughing, being outside, chewing ice, brushing your teeth, or cold weather. Find out how he found relief.


The latest cancer-fighting weapon in a researcher’s arsenal might just be, of all things, a virus. The unique properties that enable the adenovirus to cause the common cold and other more malicious viruses to cause AIDS or polio, make them near-perfect cancer treatment delivery mechanisms. And now it’s Zika’s turn. Find out more.

Stroke/Brain Tumor

Kip and Cassandra Chaffee

As Cassandra Chaffee was going to bed the night prior to her scheduled brain tumor surgery, she had a stroke. Thanks to her University of Minnesota Medical Center surgical team...and a persistent husband...she made a remarkable recovery. Find out more.