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Zach Parise hosts a VIP skating party for Children's Minnesota patients

Updated: September 05, 2019 06:59 PM

Zach Parise and his wife Alisha can certainly throw a party. Several members of the Wild, including former Minnesota Twins player Joe Mauer, skated with eleven special guests from Children's Minnesota on Wednesday.

"This was the perfect time to spend time with these kids from Children's and give them a chance to smile and meet some of the players on the team. Alisha and I have been doing this for a while now and I can tell you we get as much out of spending time with these kids and they do with us," Parise said.

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***To see extended interviews with Zach Parise and Steve Brown CLICK PLAY ABOVE***

The skating party was purchased during a live auction at the Children's Minnesota 2019 Star Gala by Steve Brown. The monetary donation will go to the Genomic Medicine program to help Children's diagnose and treat kids dealing with rare and complex genetic conditions.

"This is the third time we've done this and it stems from my late wife Monique Hook who had leukemia and passed away. Prior to her passing she wanted to make her charitable activities direct towards Children's and their blood born diseases. She basically said she didn't want any kids to have to go through what she went through and that's how she wanted to support it," said Brown.

Children's Minnesota is the seventh largest pediatic health system in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children from before birth through young adulthood.

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