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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!

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25th Anniversary Celebration

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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.

Agenda

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.

Location

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

RSVP

$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

Contact us with questions at 651.603.7800 or email info@life-source.org.

 

 

 

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!

When

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

Where

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 team.mn.dak@gmail.com.

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.

Specialized Training for Current Ambassadors

LifeSource is thrilled to once again host Brianna Doby of Positive Rhetoric on Friday, August 8th from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, as she facilitates a specialized training session for current LifeSource Donate Life Ambassadors.

Brianna is the owner and founding partner of Positive Rhetoric, an organization that conducts innovative trainings for staff and volunteers of Organ Procurement Organizations throughout the country. More importantly, as a donor daughter herself, Brianna is someone who truly understands the impact of donation.

Topics Covered:

Front Stage/Back Stage Theory Workshop: The F/B Theory Workshop creates a framework for volunteers to recognize healthy boundaries in sharing personal stories, protect volunteers from burnout, and examines tools for talking about complex, emotional subjects in safe and productive ways.

Messaging: The Messaging Workshop is about learning new skills and techniques for reaching out to the community, while adhering closely to LifeSource’s messaging points. This workshop teaches volunteers how to touch more hearts, change more minds, and find their voices for organ and tissue donation.

This training is for current/registered Ambassadors only and will take place at our office in St. Paul, MN, with the opportunity for others to join us via webinar. If you are interested in joining via webinar, please indicate that in your RSVP.

When & Where

Friday, August 8, 2014
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

LifeSource
2550 University Ave. West
Suite 315 South
St. Paul, MN 55114

RSVP

RSVP to Teresa Turner at tturner@life-source.org or 651.603.7882. Space is limited (including webinar attendees) so RSVP soon!

Teresa Turner
Community Advocacy Coordinator
LifeSource
2550 University Ave W, Suite 315S
St. Paul, MN 55114
651.603.7882

14th Annual Mustang Run

“Gallop with the Mustangs” for Sugar Loaf Ford’s 14th Annual Mustang Run & 50th Anniversary Celebration

When

Sunday July 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. Assembly
10:30 a.m. Depart

From Sugar Loaf Ford gallop through the beautiful Root River Valley to Harmony, Minnesota. Lunch will be enjoyed at Wheelers, then on to Decorah Iowa to the Winneshiek Wildberry Winery for a group toast to Mustang’s 50th Anniversary. Cost to you is gas, food and $15.00 donation fee along with cost of T-Shirts commemorating the run.

Music – Refreshments – Prizes – Fun

Bring your own camera for a photo of you and your Mustang under the Mustang Gallop Banner!

PRE-REGISTRATION IS A MUST BY CALLING ROXIE at 507-454-5170 or 888-412-3673 or EMAIL Lora at lehlenfeldt@sugarloafford.com

Funds raised will benefit LifeSource. Bill Hutmacher, Sugar Loaf Ford’s former owner, received a heart transplant in 2011 and has been actively supportive of donation ever since.

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Donor Family Gathering – Chaska

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Join us for our annual remembrance event, our Donor Family Gathering. It’s an opportunity for donor families to gather with one another and share memories and tributes of their loved ones who have so generously given the gift of life. Watch your mailbox for an invitation this fall!

Saturday, November 15th
Registration 12:30 p.m. | Program begins 1:30 p.m.

MN Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN 55318
952.443.1400

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In addition to the afternoon session, we are offering an optional Writing Through Loss Workshop (limited to 30 attendees). Please mark your RSVP accordingly.

Writing Through Loss Workshop | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

William Shakespeare once wrote, “Give sorrow words.” Sometimes our feelings of grief can be so intense, they need a place where they can be documented and witnessed. Writing has been a proven therapeutic practice to deal with grief, trauma and stress. Writing invites us to gain a new perspective on what we have been through.

The Writing through Loss workshop is aimed at providing grieving donor family members an opportunity to heal their grief by discovering their voices. When our loved ones die, all that is left behind are stories. Survivors are given the privilege to tell stories for and about their loved one. Writing the details of your loved one’s character can, for just a moment, bring them back to life. Giving the gift of life after death helps to create a “never-ending story”—something worth writing about. Mostly, though, writing is our love put into words.

In this two-hour workshop, you will have a chance to write about your loved one’s life and death, and how the loss has affected you. This workshop is open to all donor family members age 13 and older. It will consist of in-group writing exercises and sharing. Limited to 30 participants, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Proficiency in English is required, but you may write in your own native language.

Workshop facilitated by Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, MSW MPH, bereavement counselor, author, writing group leader, organ recipient and donor sister.

Questions?

Contact our donor family advocates, Jill Halimi and Heather Beals, with any questions at familyservices@life-source.org or 1.888.5.DONATE.

Donor Family Gathering – Fargo

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Join us for our annual remembrance event, our Donor Family Gathering. It’s an opportunity for donor families to gather with one another and share memories and tributes of their loved ones who have so generously given the gift of life. Watch your mailbox for an invitation this fall!

Saturday, November 8th
Registration 1:00 p.m. | Program begins 1:30 p.m.

Ramada Plaza and Suites
1635 42nd Street South
Fargo, ND 58103
701.277.9000

Map and directions

Contact our donor family advocates, Jill Halimi and Heather Beals, with any questions at familyservices@life-source.org or 1.888.5.DONATE.

Donor Family Gathering – Rapid City

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Join us for our annual remembrance event, our Donor Family Gathering. It’s an opportunity for donor families to gather with one another and share memories and tributes of their loved ones who have so generously given the gift of life. Watch your mailbox for an invitation this fall!

Saturday, November 1st
Registration 1:00 p.m. | Program begins 1:30 p.m.

Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center
2111 North LaCrosse St.
Rapid City, SD 57701
605.343.8550

Map and directions

Contact our donor family advocates, Jill Halimi and Heather Beals, with any questions at familyservices@life-source.org or 1.888.5.DONATE.

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