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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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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 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
6:30 pm

LifeSource
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

2nd Annual Matt Heisler Scholarship Golf Classic

The Heisler family invites you to join them Friday, June 26, 2015 for dinner, a silent auction and live band following their 2nd Annual Matt Heisler Scholarship Golf Classic.

Learn more about this event at MattHeislerFund.com and on their Facebook page. Golfing spots are full, so come on out for the dinner, silent auction and live band and support this cause for only $30. Register using the form at MattHeislerFund.com.

Proceeds from the event support LifeSource, The Gift of Life House,  and the Matt Heisler Scholarship Fund.

Willingers Golf Club
6797 Canby Trail
Northfield, MN

Donate Life Ambassador Training

Please join LifeSource in Duluth, MN on Wednesday, June 10th from 6-8pm for an orientation and training to our Donate Life Ambassador Program. This training will take place at Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center Duluth 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, June 10th
6:00pm-8:00pm

Location

Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center
Wisconsin Room – located on the first floor across from the cafeteria
407 East Third Street
Duluth, MN 55805
Duluth Downtown Campus Map and Parking

*To ensure an accurate count for dinner, please RSVP to Teresa Turner at tturner@life-source.org or 612.800.6288 by Friday, June 5th.

LifeSource Open House

openhouse

On Saturday, May 30th, we will open our doors from 9 a.m. to noon to welcome neighbors, community members, partners and customers to our new home for donation. Come on over to learn about organ and tissue donation, our organization and tour our new space. Enjoy delicious snacks, meet our team and hear stories of lives touched by donation and transplant. Share in a Donate Life flag raising, and add your personal touch to our #TalkDonation mural.

When

Saturday, May 30, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Flag raising ceremony at 10:00 a.m.

Where

LifeSource River Road Headquarters
2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411
612.800.6100

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, May 12, 2015
6:30 pm

LifeSource
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

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

Location

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
952.854.2100

RSVP

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.

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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

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.

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