Linda Albertson
Mn-AATF's 1998 French Teacher of the Year
and her
Eagan High School French Class
on KSTP Channel 5' s Saturday Morning Show - January 20, 2007

Linda Albertson and many of her Eagan High School French Students
Saturday evening, January 20, 2007 - at the SPIRIT Awards ceremony

See the KSTP January 20, 2007 video clip

Advocacy for fostering the study of French was well-served on Saturday morning, January 20, 2007. A very thorough and lively video clip was shown on KSTP (in the Twin Cities), Channel 5's Saturday Morning show. In it, the excitement her students show for learning French and for being in Linda Albertson's French classes at Eagan High School was wonderfully evident. Thus, by honoring Linda, the teaching and learning of French were also honored.

Linda with her husband and son at the ceremony

Linda with her oncologist

Angel Foundation Recognizes Five Shining Stars
who Support Cancer Survivors and their Families

See the complete press release

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (January 11, 2007) -

From an ordinary man doing extraordinary things for his wife who has cancer to a woman who has helped tens of thousands of patients and their families stay connected during difficult times, the recipients of Angel Foundation's 2007 Star Awards are shining examples of care, compassion and support.

Angel Foundation was founded in 2001 by Minnesota Oncology Hematology, PA to help hundreds of Minnesota families cope with the financial stress and emotional impact of cancer. Each year the organization recognizes and honors individuals in the community who have made significant contributions to the health and wellness of cancer survivors and their families.

What: The Angel Foundation Star Awards,
        honoring five outstanding individuals

When: Saturday, January 20, 2007.
        Reception and silent auction at 6:00 p.m.

        Dinner, awards presentation and entertainment at 7:30 p.m.

Where:The Depot,
        225 South Third Ave.,
        Minneapolis, MN 55401


Spirit Award -- Linda Albertson:

Shortly after Linda Albertson walked into the clinic for what she thought would be a routine mammogram screening, her idyllic life as a French teacher at Eagan High School and devoted wife and mother would be forever changed. The news that Linda had been diagnosed with breast cancer left her shocked and angry.

Prompted by some inspiring words from her MOHPA Oncologist, Mark Sborov, Linda developed a newfound perspective on her life-changing circumstances and embraced the unique role she, as a cancer patient, could play in helping others. For years she had been a strong role model for young children. Now, after a brave journey through her cancer experience, she would develop an even greater influence over the lives of her students, other cancer patients, and all those who have come to know this remarkable spirit.

Her generosity of spirit was quite evident in one instance when she learned that her school's janitor had been quietly battling pancreatic cancer. Linda initiated a school-wide gift card collection and made a personal visit to his home to share the outpouring of support with him and his wife. Linda's strength, courage, and glimmering spirit touches all of her students.  But a few of the students impacted by their own cancer experience at home became Linda's personal mission.

It's been a rewarding discovery for Linda, and she remains steadfast in her desire to connect to more and more people in need. And her inspirational spirit continues to give hope to each and every one of them.

Angel Foundation (formerly Minnesota Oncology Hematology Foundation) was founded in 2001 as a charitable organization working to fulfill unmet non-medical needs of cancer patients and their families. Angel Foundation is a patient-focused non-profit organization dedicated to its mission to improve the quality of life throughout the cancer experience. While many organizations raise funds for cancer research, Angel Foundation focuses on the personal day to day needs and necessities of cancer patients. During the past five years, Angel has blossomed into a vital community resource serving hundreds of patients providing hope and stability through education, support, and financial assistance.


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created: February 7, 2006                                 last updated: 7 fevrier 2007