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Tucker

Tucker Helstrom resides in the hearts of everyone who knew him. Although only being with us for 9 ½ years, Tucker left a lasting and inspiring impression on all who were fortunate enough to spend time with him. Tucker had a loving heart perfectly combined with humor that left people laughing and feeling admired by him. Tucker found the good in everyone and inspired everyone to do the same. He accomplished this by making people laugh, inviting them to play and sharing his love of friendship, sports, family, and life. Tucker’s gregarious personality, beautiful blue eyes and warm smile touched the hearts of all who met him, and even those who just read about him or heard his story.

Orange was Tucker’s favorite color since he was 18 months old. He wore orange clothes daily, slept in a bedroom painted orange, and filled his orange backpack with orange school supplies. His only non-orange clothes were his Wild sweats/jerseys and Twins t-shirts. Tucker’s loved ones are always reminded of his love when they see an orange sunset or wear an orange shirt.

Tucker may have died on July 2, 2016, but his love and laughter will always live on in all of us who knew him; and with the Team Tucker Association, his inspiration to play will reach children forever.

Executive Director

Dana Helstrom O’Brien: Dana is honored to be Tucker’s mother. He not only was the perfect son for her, but also a perfect big brother to Kayci and Siera. Dana loved Tucker’s loving heart with a perfect blend of sarcasm and joking. Like hundreds of others, Dana was amazed by Tucker’s strength and ability to continue to play, laugh, and love others as he battled osteosarcoma (bone cancer) which took his right leg. Tucker drew strength from his mother during his eight-month fight to live, and now Dana draws strength from her son during her plight to live a healthy, productive life without her son. Creating this non-profit is how she will stay strong. Honoring her son will enable Dana to be a great mother for his sisters, to contribute to his community, and to paint the sky orange so that everyone can remember Tucker and how he Played, Laughed and Loved.

Advisory Board

Robert Bader

Rob is the director of customer marketing for Universal Studios. He and his son live in Minneapolis but travel whenever possible. Rob has been a friend of Dana and her family since high school.

Kimberly Henke

Kim is an elementary teacher and instructional coach in the Robbinsdale School District. She works at Northport Elementary School, where she met Tucker as a toddler and worked with Dana. Kim lives in Maple Grove and is doing the coursework to obtain her administration license.

Lisa Leininger

Lisa is a physical therapist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. She is Tucker’s aunt and lives in Plymouth with her husband, Gregg, and three daughters, Tucker’s older cousins.

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin works as an IT consultant and has been the stepdad of Tucker, Kayci and Siera as he married Dana in June, 2016.

Sara O’Rourke

Sara is Tucker’s aunt and mother of two of his little cousins. She and her husband, Cap, live in Minneapolis with their children. Sara is a human resources generalist for AgStar/ProPartners Financial.

Anne Quinn

Anne is an accountant, yoga instructor & SUP yoga studio owner, and event planner. Her son is a freshman in college where he continues to play hockey. The two of them met Tucker when the Hopkins hockey team took him in as one of their own.

Ryan Voxland

Ryan is proud to have been a Big Brother for 7 years. He loves being in the outdoors and helping others. He and his wife, Anya, are friends with Kevin & Dana and live in Minnetonka with their two cats and five chickens.

Carly Zucker

Carly is a TV and radio host covering sports and entertainment. Specifically, she can be seen covering the Timberwolves on Timberwolves Entertainment Network and heard as a regular guest on iHeartRadio’s FM 100.3 “The Power Trip Morning Show.”  Carly is also the creator and director of Minnesota’s first-ever Red Dress Collection which raises funds and awareness for American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. She lives in Edina with her husband, Tucker’s sports hero, Jason, and daughter, Sophia.

Board of Directors

Mark Anderson

Mark is a loan officer at Wells Fargo and an entrepreneur. Mark is Tucker’s uncle and lives in Mendota Heights with his wife, Jenny, and two of Tucker’s older cousins.

Ryan Anderson

Ryan is a partner in the family law firm Lubov Anderson & Associates. Ryan is also Tucker’s uncle, living in Minneapolis with his wife, Katie, and two more of Tucker’s little cousins.

Amy Edwards

Amy is a business consultant for Ameriprise. She also started and runs a franchise business with her husband, Steve. Amy lives in Maple Grove with her husband and two sons and has been a friend of Dana and her family since they attended the College of St. Benedict together.

Bob Hatlestad

Bob is the Senior Director of Sales at Digital River. He lives in Hopkins with his wife, Betsy, and two sons where he volunteers on the board and on the field of the little league. Bob was Tucker’s baseball coach all three years of his Hopkins Area Little League career.

Jim Hatlestad

Jim lives in Edina and is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual along with Tucker’s grandpa, Dan. He was a fan of Tucker’s baseball abilities and performances.

Kelsie Leonard

Kelsie is a middle school math and Spanish teacher in the St. Louis Park School District. Formerly, Kelsie was a teacher at Tucker’s school, ISLA, a Spanish immersion school, and a member of its school board. She lives in Golden Valley with her husband, David, and is expecting their first child.

Maria Miller-Rinaldi

Maria is a general dentist with special skills in oral surgery working for Park Dental since 2007. Before moving to Hopkins with her husband, Joe, she served in the U.S. Air Force. Maria and her husband have four sons, the oldest, Joey, was a friend and classmate of Tucker’s since kindergarten.

Thank you for your support!