DVD Type
Mayo Clinic Heritage Film
Video Playback Duration
35 minutes

A Cheerful Heart: The Dave Madden Story

The story of an unforgettable man whose strong faith, loving family and good heart helped him face the challenge of his illness with courage and an undiminished joy for life. His health care journey took him to Mayo Clinic.

A glorious victory of the spirit.

On a summer day in 1948, Dave Madden became the latest casualty of the polio epidemic sweeping the nation. Paralyzed from the neck down, he was taken to Saint Marys Hospital at Mayo Clinic, where he was placed in an iron lung to allow him to breathe. He remained there for the next 16 years.

The poliovirus permanently damaged Dave’s body, but his joy for life was untouched. His positive outlook inspired his fellow patients and won him many friends. Famous entertainers and athletes, politicians and royalty all dropped by his room at Mayo Clinic to visit with Dave. He ran a TV rental business from his iron lung and appeared on the Today Show

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A Cheerful Heart
The Dave Madden story.
Mayo Clinic
Made possible with a generous gift from Gerald and Henrietta Rauenhorst
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Mayo Clinic

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