WolvesCare Heroes In The Making: Ethan Rittmiller And Lindsay Heimkes

by Mark Remme
Web Editor

On Saturday at Target Center the Timberwolves continued their WolvesCare Month initiative by honoring Ethan Rittmiller of Mankato and Lindsay Heimkes of Hutchinson as Heroes in the Making.

As part of WolvesCare Month, presented by C.H. Robinson and the FastBreak Foundation, the Timberwolves focuses its attention on our toughest fans—children with life-threatening and long-term illnesses.

During the Timberwolves’ matchup with the Rockets, Ethan and Lindsay received a Kevin Love jersey and a warm reception from the Wolves fans at Target Center.

Ethan, 11, was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy at the age of 8. In October 2011, he received a life-saving heart transplant. After three months of living in Rochester, he returned home. But two months later, Ethan developed lymphoma of the brain and had a month of chemotherapy.

After missing much of his fourth and fifth grade years, Ethan is now in school full time and enjoys being a student council representative, participating in Quiz Bowl and hanging out with friends and family.

Lindsay entered her sophomore year at Sheridan College in Wyoming in 2006 and was a member of the school’s basketball team until a devastating car crash left her paralyzed with a spinal cord injury. By working with Courage Center’s activity-based exercise program, Lindsay has increased her strength and is able to take steps with a platform walker—an amazing feat for someone with a spinal cord injury.

Lindsay recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a degree in human development and family studies, and she plans to pursue a career or advanced degree in social work. She is a goal-oriented and positive person who has faced her situation with determination and a positive attitude.

Heroes United: Sgt. Luke Kong

The Timberwolves also honored Sgt. Luke Kong of Eagan on Saturday at Target Center. During each home game, the Wolves along with the Roger & Nancy McCabe Foundation honor Minnesota’s military personnel as part of its Heroes United program.

Kong is a member of the United States Marine Corps. IN 2005 at 24 years old, Kong enlisted in motor transportation. He has been deployed twice, once in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009 and again in 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He currently serves as a recruiter for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Kong was presented with a personalized jersey by Wolves assistant coach Jack Sikma at center court just before tipoff on Saturday night.

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