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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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I am hope: Grace’s story

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At one point, Jenny and Mike O’Masta prayed for more time for their tiny daughter.

Now, they can hug her, kiss her, and even give her time outs. She’s normal—and even a little naughty sometimes, just like any other little kid.

That wasn’t what doctors thought was in store for little Grace when she was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy shortly after birth. On mechanical support, she had a stroke.

The O’Mastas were told there was little to be done. She couldn’t even wait for a heart transplant, she was just too sick. But somehow, miraculously, Grace came through. She held fast to this life. Her parents and sister held fast to her.

In three short years, Grace again entered heart failure. Back on the Berlin heart, she was listed for transplant.

Four hundred and forty-five days they waited. That’s five seasons. Autumn came twice before the O’Mastas got their good news: Grace would receive a transplant.

A heart, from another child, given in the darkest of moments by a family unknown to them was now a gift to Grace, so that she could survive.

Just 12 days later, Grace left the hospital. Her wait was over. It was time for her to live.

These days, six year old Grace likes to go faster (riding horses and ATVs), swing higher (in total delight), and get into a little bit of trouble (like any kid likes to do). From the brink of loss, to the heights of joy—Grace has seen it all in her short time in this world. Is it any wonder she wants to live life more fully, more vividly, with this new gift that beats in her little chest?

She is a growing girl, with a family that loves her, and fun awaits, made possible by one special family who said yes.

Donate Life Blue & Green Day 2015

BLUE & GREEN DAY IS FRIDAY, APRIL 17TH

Show your support for organ, eye and tissue donation by sporting blue and green on Donate Life America’s annual Donate Life Blue & Green Day on Friday, April 17th! Share photos of your blue and green experience with us by posting on the Donate Life MinnesotaDonate Life North Dakota and Donate Life South Dakota Facebook pages, where we will also share the blue and green happenings at Lifesource!

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20th Annual LifeSource Golf Classic in Memory of Terri Opp

On Thursday, September 10, 2015 LifeSource will host the 20th Annual LifeSource Golf Classic in memory of Terri Opp 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 19 years, more than $1,200,000 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.

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

Location

LifeSource
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.

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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.

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LifeSource
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.

Location

LifeSource Headquarters
2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Details

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

RSVP

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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