Harmon Killebrew Delivers Holiday Joy at Courage Center
Written by Jim Rednour
Friday, 26 November 2010
For 13 years, Harmon Killebrew – affectionately nicknamed as "Killer" in contradiction of his easy going nature – provided “gifts”
to Minnesota Twins fans in the form of skyrocketing home runs and gift-wrapped
Today, at 74 years of age, he remains an extremely
popular and active member of the Minnesota community and is known for making
regular appearances at area hospitals and non-profit organizations, including
the Courage Center in Minneapolis.
During one of his holiday visits to the Courage Center,
Harmon was accompanied by another “bigger than life” character when he and
Santa Claus made the rounds to spread holiday cheer to individuals with spinal
cord injuries, brain injuries and stroke, as well as people with congenital
disabilities such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and other
neuromuscular conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
"Life is precious and time is a key element,” said
Killebrew.“[I try to] make every
moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own."
In keeping with the mission statement of his Harmon
Killebrew Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 founded in 1998 with his wife Nita,
he works to enrich the quality of life of people of all ages by promoting
positive and healthful participation in sports, specifically baseball.