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25th Anniversary Celebration


You helped us save lives. Join us to celebrate the impact.

You are invited to join us on Thursday, October 23, 2014 for Building More Tomorrows: a 25th Anniversary Celebration. The event starts with an exclusive first look at LifeSource’s new headquarters, then we’ll convene at Nicollet Island Pavilion for a cocktail reception followed by dinner and program with Ken Barlow, KSTP-TV Meteorologist and donor family member. Please contact LifeSource at 651.603.7800 for more information about this event.


4:30 – 6:00 pm: Building tours
5:30 – 6:30 pm: Cocktail reception
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Dinner and program

A special thank you to Greiner Construction for supporting our dinner and building tours.


Building Tours
2225 West River Road N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Shuttles will be available between the construction site and Nicollet Island Pavilion


$125 per person | $1,000 per table of eight
A portion of your dinner registration is tax deductible to the extent of the law.


Contact us with questions at 651.603.7800 or email




Team MN-DAK Picnic

Are you interested in participating in the next Donate Life Transplant Games of AmericaTeam MN-DAK attended the 2014 Games in Houston, Texas in July, and is already preparing for the 2016 Games to be held in Cleveland, Ohio. Join us for a picnic on Sunday, September 7th to meet the 2014 team and learn more about participating in 2016!


Sunday, September 7, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (eat at noon)


Ojibway Park
2695 Ojibway Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125

LifeSource is providing hot dogs and chips, bring your own beverage and a dish to share! We will be at the gazebo between the skate park and the large park building.

Please RSVP to the picnic by emailing Team MN-DAK co-managers, Marisa McFate and Jeff Richert, at

A remarkable meeting, 11 years in the making

Memorial Day weekend 2014 was a very special time for Donate Life Ambassador and grateful liver recipient, Linda Zelada. It was during this weekend that Linda had the extraordinary opportunity to meet her donor’s family, in person, almost 11 years after receiving her life-saving transplant. Linda says that the meeting was amazing and that she had dreamed of this day for years.

Read on to learn more about Linda’s remarkable meeting with her donor’s wife, children, parents and extended family. It is sure to put a smile on your face!

Linda, right, with her donor's wife

Linda, right, with her donor’s wife

Let me tell you about one of the most wonderful meetings of my life—Memorial Day weekend 2014! It was 11 years after my liver transplant, and after constant prayers and hope, many letters, cards, and gifts sent, I was invited to meet my liver donor’s family in South Dakota. I just needed to thank them and assure them that the generosity they were willing to give me in the midst of their tragedy was so gratefully received and deeply appreciated. In early May I had received an invitation to come to South Dakota. My donor’s wife sent a note saying that they wanted to meet me and included a special message from the second youngest of the four daughters. She wrote, “Thank you for not giving up on us when we didn’t write back all these years. I thank God every day that of anyone, it was you my daddy saved. If not, you would never have gotten the chance to see your three beautiful grandchildren and they would never have been able to meet such a kindhearted person.”

When I arrived in South Dakota, I was greeted by the whole family. They brought me a dozen pink roses. There were open arms and hugs by my donor’s wife, his four beautiful daughters, his parents and brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends galore. We spent 3 days visiting and sharing our life stories and attending the oldest daughter’s high school graduation celebrations. The climax of the visit came Monday evening at the cemetery. The whole family gathered and wrote loving messages to my donor on balloons. At sunset everyone released their balloon from his gravesite up into the heavens.

How grateful we all are that the life-giving organ that was once my dear donor’s, now still lives on and keeps me alive.

If you have had a transplant, or had a family member who donated to another, NEVER give up hope of one day uniting the two families together who have so much in common. Be ready to say thank you in person…for it will change your life in a most positive way.

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