Jeffrey Mandel MD, Growing Through Grief

Mark Cheeley, Host

Retired Park Nicollet Health Services Physician Jeffrey Mandel, MD is pedaling across the country to raise money and awareness for Park Nicollet Foundation’s Growing Through Grief program. Growing Through Grief is a school-support program for children and teens who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. It is in 72 schools, across 13 school districts and supports 520 students each week.

“Five percent of children in Minnesota will experience the death of a parent,” said Dr. Mandel. “Grief can impact a child’s school attendance, grades, extra-curricular activities, friendships, self-worth and sleep. It can derail a child’s development leading to life-long negative impact. Growing Through Grief offers a lifeline to families, schools and communities struggling to cope with grief.”

From April 27 to May 30, Dr. Mandel plans to ride 120 miles a day and cross the country. “I hope to raise awareness of the need for in-school grief support for children,” said Dr. Mandel. “I want to inspire others to support Growing Through Grief’s one-of-kind and highly effective work.”