The 2022 Murph Challenge Day 28: Amanda Calvin

As a physician, “she is adored by everyone she works with, including her partners, referring providers, nurses, ancillary staff, and more,” says friend and colleague Lisa. A few of her accolades include, Pulmonary and Critical Care Outstanding Achievement Award, Angela and Anne V. Marinelli Endowed Fellowship Award for Exceptional Achievement and Promise in Clinical Practice, and Silver Fellow Award.

In 2020, her husband Rob was diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer just before they got married. Despite that, they were able to have a beautiful wedding at their home.

Rob was treated at both Park Nicollet and Mayo where he was put on a trial for pancreatic cancer. He initially responded well to treatment and they were blessed to get pregnant.

Their son, Finn, made a surprise appearance on February 14, 2022. “He had to spend time in the NICU as he was premature, ultimately going home with a feeding tube. Amanda was thus taking care of a premature baby as well as a husband on hospice,” recalls Lisa.

Just over a month after Finn’s birth, Rob passed away.

Friend and colleague, Jon Shelver, says, “from watching Amanda, nobody would think she has been through such a heartbreaking tragedy. She is handling all the battles of parenting a one year old, and she is doing it without her husband. She stays positive and she is constantly helping others and finding a way to make a positive impact outside of her own world. She is incredibly well respected throughout our entire hospital system, and she has managed to kick ass in a demanding career while also handling everything that she has been through in the past year. She is the first to downplay one amazing person she is, and she is always an incredible friend who is giving to others.”

Every Day We Fight is honored to dedicate Day 28 of 32 to compassionate and inspiring person, Amanda Calvin.
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