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 on Wednesday, February 11th from 6–8 pm for our first training of 2015 for all Donate Life 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

This Donate Life Ambassador Training will take place at our headquarters in Minneapolis, 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.

Dinner will be provided.

 Additional trainings will be offered throughout our service area this year. Watch for more information as dates and locations are confirmed.


LifeSource Donate Life Ambassador Training

Wednesday, February 11th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

*To ensure an accurate count for dinner, please RSVP to Teresa Turner at tturner@life-source.org or 612.800.6288 by Friday, February 6th

The Never-Ending Story

Christian Mor-Ying Yang Floragraph PhotoMeet Christian Mor-Ying Yang, the generous little boy who is featured on LifeSource’s sponsored floragraph in the 2015 Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade. An eight year old boy who brought laughter and love to his family and friends, Christian saved lives through organ and tissue donation.

The float’s theme this year is The Never-Ending Story, perfectly titled to carry the message of donation and transplantation. Through donation our stories do not end – they continue to bring life, healing and hope far beyond our physical years. Like all donors, Christian’s story is never ending, and he is a beacon of inspiration to us, to his family and to his community. His mom, Pricilla, shares:

Although Christian is no longer here with us in flesh, his spirit and memories will continue to touch us. His actions and words proved that the life you live can long outlast the time spent on earth. Christian will forever be remembered as a boy with little feet that were able to fill such big shoes with strides some grown men have yet taken. Christian’s legacy has taught an entire community that a person’s life is not dictated by the amount of time spent living, but rather by the amount of lives you touch.

Inspiring words indeed. Christian’s floragraph will be one of 72 floral pictures of donors adorning book volumes on the float. Sixty beautiful butterflies are shown emerging from an open book – one for each life that can be transformed by a single donor. Walking alongside the float will be 12 living organ donors whose stories have become intertwined with those of their recipients. Seated among thousands of dedicated roses are 30 riders representing transplant recipients who celebrate the new chapters of their lives made possible only by the generosity of donors.


Be sure to tune in and watch the float as it inspires the world on New Year’s Day – see where it’s televised in your area. You can also follow us on Facebook for updates this week as Christian’s family is in Pasadena to honor his legacy as part of this inspirational float.

We’ve Moved!

LifeSource has moved and is now operating out of our new headquarters. Please note our new address and phone number, below, and check out more information about our new building.

2225 West River Road North | Minneapolis, MN 55411

Phone: 612.800.6100
Toll-Free: 888.5.DONATE
Fax: 612.800.6331
Donor Referrals: 800.24.SHARE
Email: info@life-source.org

Be sure to watch the video below to learn more about how our new headquarters will be a home for donation and transplantation in the community and help us build more tomorrows for the patients and families we serve.

Donate Life Ambassador Luncheon

LifeSource Donate Life Ambassadors are invited to join us on Wednesday, December 17th at our new River Road Headquarters to celebrate the year and all of your contributions to LifeSource’s mission of saving lives. We will be offering tours of our new building prior to the event from 11:00 am–11:30 am and immediately following the event from 1:00 pm–1:30 pm.


LifeSource Headquarters
2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

11:00 am–11:30 am: Tours of the new River Road Headquarters
11:30 am–1:00 pm: Lunch, Beverages, Holiday Treats and Socializing
1:00 pm–1:30 pm: Tours of the new River Road Headquarters


Please RSVP to the luncheon and building tours by clicking the RSVP link below. If you have questions, contact Teresa Turner at tturner@life-source.org or 612.800.6288.


Give to the Max Day 2014

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People are waiting—for a phone call, an opportunity, a new life. They are waiting for hope.

The holiday season is about giving. For LifeSource it is about giving hope to the more than 3,770 people in our communities waiting for the life-saving gift of organ and tissue donation.

You can give hope this season. By contributing to LifeSource you invest in public education to increase the number of registered donors. Registering as a donor is the single most important action to ensure leaving a legacy of life for others. When more people are registered as donors, more lives are saved.


David is waiting: David Costello is most comfortable standing on the top of a mountain, taking a deep breath, and heading into the fresh powder.

David Costello is not comfortable standing still. Waiting. But that’s his life now: he needs a transplant, and he might wait many more years for that lifesaving gift.

Waiting is not living; it is a pause before the rest of your life begins.

David was just 21 when he was diagnosed with two serious illnesses: Crohn’s Disease and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.

Doctors told him that he would eventually need a transplant. David knew what the word “transplant” meant in a way that few others do; a childhood friend received several transplants and later David’s father would wait almost five years for a heart and kidney transplant.

He knew what the wait list was, and what a transplant meant on the other side. Someone would be his hero, his donor.

Eventually, David’s illnesses progressed to the point that he entered major organ failure. He nearly died. With great care and strength, he recovered enough to be placed on the waitlist for a liver transplant, where he still waits today.

David is not comfortable standing still.

He hopes for the day when the phone rings, and that ring will mean his life will be saved. He thinks, too, about the loss another family will suffer. He already thinks—in the quiet moments—how, if he is lucky enough to receive this precious gift, what he will do to honor the one who will give.

At 28, David is still waiting.

Join LifeSource this holiday season as we give hope to those waiting for the call.

With your support LifeSource can create a better future—one where everyone receives the organ and tissue transplant they need.

  • Give to the Max Day is November 13, 2014. Make a contribution, share the link with friends and family, and let them know why you are giving.
  • Volunteer to provide a hand-made wrap to the LifeSource Wrapped in Hugs program.
  • Register to be an organ and tissue donor.

Together we can give hope—hope to those waiting for the call. Thank you for your commitment to our community.


25th Anniversary Celebration


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.


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.


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


$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 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!


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


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.