About The Foundation


Established in 2007 by members of the Twin Cities Orthopedics practice, the Foundation is developing and investing in key activities to improve the quality of life for those affected by bone, joint and muscle injuries and disorders.

Message from our president

Dear Supporters and Friends:

The ongoing constraints of COVID-19 in 2021 allowed your Foundation to focus on acting locally, as depicted beautifully in this Annual Report. As this pandemic becomes more manageable, we will continue to act locally but plan to resume international and in-person education and mentoring work in 2022.

The mission of the TCO Foundation (TCOF) is to advance musculoskeletal health through community service, orthopedic research, education and training. Our entire Board and staff are volunteers, allowing the Foundation to directly support more of its goals, while minimizing overhead expenses. Special thanks go to our volunteer Board members for their efforts.

The Foundation supported significant, uplifting work in 2021, both locally and abroad:

  • Ongoing research focused on remaining at the forefront of orthopedic innovation, technology, and practice.
  • Education and training of both Sports Medicine and Foot & Ankle fellows.
  • Sports concussion testing for local metro area high school athletes. Over the past few years, we’ve provided over 22,000 tests.
  • Continued support of excellent local community youth organizations:
    • Y Adventure Lab (formerly CycleHealth), an organization that equips kids with tools to create
      a new cycle of health in America.
    • United Heroes League, whose mission is to help military families build confidence, friendship,
      and engagement through sports by providing free sports equipment, development camps, and more to their children.
    • Bolder Options, a wellness-based, youth mentoring organization that utilizes caring, adult mentors to support a program of physical activity, academic improvement, goal setting and empowerment.
    • Joy Collaborative
  • University of Minnesota Orthopedic resident education support through their Book and Education Fund
  • International orthopedic support through funding for the amazing Plaster House in Tanzania and the SIGN Fracture Care International program.

Please donate and support the TCO Foundation. We can do even more, together, in 2022. We encourage you to visit our website at TCOFoundation.org for more information, pictures, and a user-friendly DONATE button to easily make your fully tax-deductible gift online.

We can do more, together. Thank you for your support.

David Gesensway, MD