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:

LifeSource Golf Classic: in Memory of Terri Opp


On Thursday, September 11, 2014 LifeSource will host the 19th Annual LifeSource Golf Classic 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 18 years, more than $1,000,000 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.

Dweebs Concert: An Adam McCloud Foundation Event

Please join the Adam McCloud Foundation for an exciting evening with The Dweebs! Don’t miss this event! There will be Valentine’s Dessert Extravaganza, Silent Auction, Photo Booth and Cash Bar.

An evening with The Dweebs

February 14, 2014
Doors Open @ 6:30 pm | Concert @ 7:00 pm

The Loft at Studio J
214 Main Street S
Stillwater, MN

All proceeds from this event will benefit LifeSource. The Adam McCloud Foundation was created in honor of Adam McCloud, a generous young man who gave the gift of life through organ donation. Learn more about Adam.


Adults: $27 ($25 in advance) Children: 5-17: $5

16th Annual Sharing Life Walk/Run


Mark your calendar for the 16th annual Sharing Life Walk/Run!

When & Where

Saturday, September 13, 2014
8:30 a.m.
Lake Phalen
St. Paul, Minnesota

This annual event is an opportunity for transplant recipients, donor families, and the public to enjoy beautiful Lake Phalen, get some fresh air and help share the message of donation. Part of the proceeds benefit LifeSource and help us share information so that the people in our communities can make a decision about donation.

The walk/run is sponsored by the Sharing Life Foundation in memory of Laura Neumann. Laura received the gift of a liver transplant that extended her life by 14 years. Her sister, Kris Goldade, started the Foundation and its signature event, the walk/run, in her honor.

You may also want to consider the opportunity to honor an organ or tissue donor in our Donate Life Garden or contribute a sign of inspiration in honor of a living donor, transplant recipient or transplant candidate. These signs will be lovingly displayed near the picnic pavilion and around the course to honor the gifts of donation. Contributions to the Donate Life Garden and will help offset the production of the sign and support education about organ and tissue donation.

Registration Opens Summer 2014


Facebook logoJoin in and view photos from past events on Facebook
at Facebook.com/SharingLifeFoundation.

Volunteer Training

Please join LifeSource on Tuesday, February 18th from 6–8pm for a general orientation and training to our volunteer program.

The evening will include information about:

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

This orientation and training is open to all current and prospective volunteers and will take place at our office in St. Paul, MN, with an opportunity for others to join us via webinar. If you are interested in joining via webinar, please indicate that in your RSVP.

LifeSource Volunteer Training

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


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

Please RSVP to Teresa Turner at tturner@life-source.org or 651-603-7882 by Friday, February 14th

Donate Life Day

Mark your calendars for Donate Life Day 2014!

Please join us for our annual Donate Life Day brunch and awards! This day is an opportunity to take note of the importance and impact of each individual’s voice in helping us create a culture of donation in our community. In addition to honoring the voices of our ambassadors, advocates and partners, we will be joined by a dynamic speaker, Kevin Stranberg. Kevin will inspire us to embrace our role as ambassadors for donation in our community. Download the pdf invite.

Meet our speaker

Kevin Stranberg is someone you’ll want to meet. He is a dynamic speaker who will engage us in a discussion of how we embody our mission and our message of saving lives through donation. Kevin is recognized for his work as a strategist, trainer and facilitator. His work centers on service from the customer perspective in all healthcare settings including clinics, hospitals and long term care facilities. Kevin serves as Director of Public Relations for Memorial Medical Center in Ashland, Wisconsin and is President of Stranberg & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, facilitation and service delivery.

When & Where

Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:30am – 11:30am

Hilton – Airport/MOA
3800 American Blvd. E,
Bloomington, MN, 55425
(952) 854-2100

View the invitation


Please respond by April 4, 2014 by contacting Teresa Turner at 651.603.7882 or tturner@life-source.org with your name, phone number, email and the number of people attending.



Team MN-DAK Open House

Join us for an open house!

Come to an open house hosted by Team MN-DAK and LifeSource on Saturday, February 8, 2014 if you would like to:

  • find out how you can join or support Team MN-DAK in 2014
  • enjoy light refreshments while you meet current team members
  • add your signature to the Games flag while it’s here on a nation-wide tour
  • learn more about the Donate Life Transplant Games of America

Please email team co-managers, Marisa McFate and Jeff Richert, at team.mn.dak@gmail.com with any questions and visit the team website or Facebook page for more information.


Saturday, February 8, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


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

Donate Life Transplant Games of America

MeetThe Transplant Games of America is a multi-sport festival event for individuals who have undergone life-saving transplant surgeries. Competition events are open to living donors, organ transplant recipients, bone marrow recipients, and a limited number of corneal and tissue transplant recipients. More than an athletic event, the Transplant Games of America highlight the critical importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation, while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients.

If you are interested in representing Minnesota, North Dakota, or South Dakota by attending the Transplant Games as an athlete or supporter (athlete’s family, donor family member, or other donation supporter), consider joining Team MN-DAK.

TX Games


Transplant Games of America
Houston, Texas
July 11-15, 2014


Transplant Games of America Team Meeting

Team MN-DAK Meeting

Team MN-DAK is made up of athletes who have received an organ, bone marrow, tissue or cornea transplant from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota who compete in the Transplant Games of America. The next games will be held in Houston, Texas from July 11-15, 2014.

The next team meeting will take place at LifeSource on Monday, January 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. New team members are welcome! Please email team co-managers, Marisa McFate and Jeff Richert, at team.mn.dak@gmail.com with any questions and visit the team website, www.TeamMNDAK.org, for more information.


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