Our Blog

Our blog is place for us to share news, information and resources about LifeSource and donation and transplantation.  Most of the content posted here is courtesy of a select few writers at LifeSource, whose posts reflect their views and perspective on the topic about which they are writing.  Our writers are asked to abide by a code of ethics when sharing information both here and across the web. 

We also welcome guest posts on our blog.  Please contact Rebecca Ousley if you are interested in sharing your thoughts or experiences.  We hope you’ll join the conversation!


The Latest News:

Donate Life Ambassador Training

Please join LifeSource in Rochester, MN on Wednesday, April 8th from 6–8 pm for an orientation and training to our Donate Life Ambassador Program. This training will take place at the Rochester Public Library and is open to all current and prospective Ambassadors. New Ambassadors are strongly encouraged to attend.

The evening will include information about:

  • The Donate Life Ambassador Program
  • Ambassador Opportunities and Expectations
  • Organ and Tissue Donation
  • Donation Education Resources
  • Tips on Sharing Your Personal Story
  • Advocating on Behalf of Donation in the Community

Dinner will be provided.

LifeSource Donate Life Ambassador Training

Wednesday, April 8th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Rochester Public Library
Meeting Room B (second floor)
101 2nd Street SE
Rochester, MN 55904

*To ensure an accurate count for dinner, please RSVP to Teresa Turner at tturner@life-source.org or 612.800.6288 by Friday, April 3rd.

Donate Life Day

Let Life Bloom!

Please join us for a day of celebration, recognition and learning at our Donate Life Day brunch and awards. This day is an opportunity to celebrate the importance and impact of each individual’s voice in helping us create a culture of donation in our community.

In addition to honoring our ambassadors, advocates and partners, we will be joined by dynamic speaker, Brianna Doby, founder and owner of Positive Rhetoric, LLC. Brianna will share her journey of hope and healing following the loss of her mother in 2008, and will inspire and motivate us as we continue our own journey as ambassadors in the community.

After the event, you are invited to stay and join us for the Experienced Ambassador Training, which will be facilitated by Brianna Doby. This training will take place at the event location from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

When and Where

Donate Life Day Event
Saturday, April 18, 2015
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Experienced Ambassador Training (optional)
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Hilton MSP Airport Mall of America
3800 American Blvd. E.
Bloomington, MN 55425


Please RSVP by Friday, April 10th by visiting this link or by emailing Teresa Turner at tturner@life-source.org with your name, email, and number of people attending. If you plan to stay for the Experienced Ambassador Training, please indicate that in your RSVP as well.


Experienced Ambassador Training

The Experienced Ambassador Training, facilitated by Brianna Doby, teaches Ambassadors new tools to gain greater community commitment to donation and transplantation. Specifically, Ambassadors learn how to:

  • Lead the general public to trust in the idea of donation and transplantation.
  • Lead the general public to trust in the outcome of donation and transplantation.
  • Lead the general public to trust in the people behind the outcome (LifeSource/Donate Life).

We will also discuss some “tricks of the trade”, like 4-7-8 breathing, narrative re-framing, listening skills, and strengthening our empathy for others.


Donate Life Symposium

The gifts of donation occur at the intersections of loss and life, humanity and science, sorrow and hope. It is at these intersections that our partnership saves lives.

On November 5, 2015 we are proud to offer “Intersections: A Donate Life Symposium.” We hope you will join us as we use organ and tissue donation as a platform to build skills and sharpen your expertise so you can return to your facility with replicable ideas to strengthen your donation program, as well as other programs your organization offers in your community.

Join us for an education-packed day of learning and inspiration as we build skills focused on the following topics:

  • supporting families in crisis
  • leading through change
  • working with diverse communities

Plus! Back by popular demand, we will offer simulation learning opportunities and key speakers who inspired our 2013 participants.

When & Where

Thursday, November 5, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington – Minneapolis South

Visit the Donate Life Symposium website for more information, download the event flyer, and follow us on Facebook for updates!


Registration for the Donate Life Symposium is $125 per person or $800 for a table of eight. Your registration includes the full day education experience, the opportunity to earn continuing education credits, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, cocktail reception and free parking.

Organizations interested in registering tables of attendees should contact their LifeSource liaison or the Donate Life Symposium committee by email at symposium@life-source.org or phone at 1.612.800.6100 before August 1, 2015.

Open registration for all individuals begins August 1, 2015.

Team MN-DAK Meeting

Join Team MN-DAK at its next team meeting! The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the team and the Donate Life Transplant Games of America.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
6:30 pm

2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Conference call option available. Email Teresa Turner, team co-manager, with any questions or to receive the conference call information.

Transplant Games of America

Team MN-DAK Meeting

Join Team MN-DAK at its next team meeting! The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the team and the Donate Life Transplant Games of America.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
6:30 pm

2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Conference call option available. Email Marisa McFate, team manager, with any questions or to receive the conference call information.


I am hope: Grace’s story


At one point, Jenny and Mike O’Masta prayed for more time for their tiny daughter.

Now, they can hug her, kiss her, and even give her time outs. She’s normal—and even a little naughty sometimes, just like any other little kid.

That wasn’t what doctors thought was in store for little Grace when she was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy shortly after birth. On mechanical support, she had a stroke.

The O’Mastas were told there was little to be done. She couldn’t even wait for a heart transplant, she was just too sick. But somehow, miraculously, Grace came through. She held fast to this life. Her parents and sister held fast to her.

In three short years, Grace again entered heart failure. Back on the Berlin heart, she was listed for transplant.

Four hundred and forty-five days they waited. That’s five seasons. Autumn came twice before the O’Mastas got their good news: Grace would receive a transplant.

A heart, from another child, given in the darkest of moments by a family unknown to them was now a gift to Grace, so that she could survive.

Just 12 days later, Grace left the hospital. Her wait was over. It was time for her to live.

These days, six year old Grace likes to go faster (riding horses and ATVs), swing higher (in total delight), and get into a little bit of trouble (like any kid likes to do). From the brink of loss, to the heights of joy—Grace has seen it all in her short time in this world. Is it any wonder she wants to live life more fully, more vividly, with this new gift that beats in her little chest?

She is a growing girl, with a family that loves her, and fun awaits, made possible by one special family who said yes.

Donate Life Blue & Green Day 2015


Show your support for organ, eye and tissue donation by sporting blue and green on Donate Life America’s annual Donate Life Blue & Green Day on Friday, April 17th! Share photos of your blue and green experience with us by posting on the Donate Life MinnesotaDonate Life North Dakota and Donate Life South Dakota Facebook pages, where we will also share the blue and green happenings at Lifesource!

Blue and Green Day


20th Annual LifeSource Golf Classic in Memory of Terri Opp

On Thursday, September 10, 2015 LifeSource will host the 20th Annual LifeSource Golf Classic in memory of Terri Opp at Tartan Park in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

The LifeSource Golf Classic: in Memory of Terri Opp is our annual fundraising event held each September at 3M’s Tartan Park Golf Course. Over the past 19 years, more than $1,200,000 has been raised by Terri’s friends and family to support education about donation and transplantation in her memory.

Check out this page for more information on how to get involved in this year’s event, and visit the LifeSource Golf Classic Facebook page for updates and photos from past events.