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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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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

Map and directions

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.

4th Annual Donate Life Motorcycle Run

Donate Life Motorcycle Run/Fundraiser in Memory of Kaitlyn Berg

Kaitlyn was 4 years old when she lost her life in an automobile accident on October 12, 2001. Her parents chose to donate her organs to help improve the lives of others. Kaitlyn saved three lives, including two children younger than her, by donating her heart, liver, and kidneys. Since 2011, her family has held the Donate Life Motorcycle Run annually, and donated nearly $30,000 to LifeSource in her name.

The run will leave the Clover Leaf Bar & Grill in Newport, MN at 11:00 a.m. with check-in beginning at 9:30 a.m. Return to the Clover Leaf between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. for food, music and a live auction featuring items generously donated by local community members and businesses.

No bike? No problem! Cars are welcome, or join us after the run for all the festivities.

$10 per rider (free meal for riders after the run). All proceeds will go to LifeSource to help further awareness of the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.

When

Saturday, August 23, 2014
9:30 a.m. Registration
11:00 a.m. Motorcycle Run starts
4:00 pm. Food, music and live auction

Where

Clover Leaf Bar & Grill
2146 Hastings Ave
Newport, MN 55055

 

Questions?

Call Mike at 651-769-7718 or Marlene at 651-769-7194. View the event flyer, and follow the event’s Facebook page for more information.

LifeSource Recognized for Performance Excellence

The Performance Excellence Network (PEN) honored LifeSource with a 2013 Performance Excellence Award at the Achievement Level. The Award is based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and is the culmination of a rigorous evaluation of an organization’s management system. Evaluation Criteria includes leadership, strategic planning, customer-focused processes, measurement systems, workforce engagement, and operations and recognizes organizations that are systematically improving results.

LS Team Receives PEN Recognition

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition as part of our journey toward excellence because we know it will translate to more lives saved and more meaningful support for the grieving families we serve,” shares LifeSource CEO Susan Gunderson. “When lives are on the line, as they are with the life-saving work of organ and tissue donation, then excellence is not a choice; it is a responsibility.”

Many more people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant than there are organs available, and the need continues to grow. More than 3,600 people in the Upper Midwest are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant and thousands more are in need of a tissue transplant. These individuals can only be helped when others say yes to donation.

LifeSource is one of four organizations recognized this year, joining 123 others recognized since 1991 for their systematic improvement efforts and superior outcomes.

DSA Action Team Webinar

We hope you are able to join us for the October DSA Action Team webinar!

WEBINAR

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Noon – 1:00 pm
Webinar Log In Information

The information shared in our DSA Action Team webinars is for healthcare professionals and is designed to educate, inspire and create changes for greater outcomes. Those on the waiting list for life-saving or enhancing transplants are counting on us. Please share this invitation with your colleagues and encourage their participation in each webinar. Working together, we will make a difference!

We look forward to having you join us on the calls.

Thank you, your DSA Action Team Leaders

DSA Action Team Webinar

We hope you are able to join us for the April DSA Action Team webinar!

Webinar

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Noon – 1:00 pm
Webinar Log In Information

The information shared in our DSA Action Team webinars is for healthcare professionals and is designed to educate, inspire and create changes for greater outcomes. Those on the waiting list for life-saving or enhancing transplants are counting on us. Please share this invitation with your colleagues and encourage their participation in each webinar. Working together, we will make a difference!

We look forward to having you join us on the calls.

Thank you, your DSA Action Team Leaders

Donate Life Ambassador Training

Please join LifeSource in Bismarck, ND on Wednesday, May 21st from 6 – 8 pm for a general orientation and training to our Donate Life Ambassador program.

The evening will include information about:

  • organ and tissue donation
  • ambassador opportunities
  • donation education resources
  • tips on sharing your personal story
  • advocating on behalf of donation in your community

This orientation and training will take place at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library and is open to all current and prospective Donate Life Ambassadors with LifeSource.

Dinner will be served.

Donate Life Ambassador Training

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location

Bismarck Veterans Memorial Library – Meeting Room B
515 N 5th St.
Bismarck, ND 58501

www.bismarcklibrary.org

RSVP

Please RSVP to Teresa Turner at tturner@life-source.org or 651.603.7882
by Friday, May 16th

 

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