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Organ donation is a generous, selfless gift.

The donor’s legacy lives on when someone gets a second chance at life. LifeSource supports families through the organ, eye and tissue donation process and delivers life-saving transplants to the recipients who need them.

As a leading Organ Procurement Organization (OPOs) in the United States, we serve more than seven million people in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin.

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Why Donation Matters

Donation offers healing to a family experiencing a loss and hope to the patient receiving the transplant.

  • 20 People die each day waiting for a transplant
  • 75 1 donor can heal up to 75 lives through eye and tissue donation
  • 8 1 donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation


How Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Works

The donation process has been described as symphony; it takes many people working in concert to make the complex process happen.

Our Work

We save lives through donation and offer hope and healing.

Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) are the vital bridge between donors, their families and potential recipients.

At LifeSource, we have a clear purpose – to inspire the public to register and work with all of our partners to support donor families, manage the donation process, transport the gifts to the transplant center and lead our communities towards a culture of donation. 

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The Latest from LifeSource

Check out the latest updates, news, stories and more.

  • May 13, 2021 in News, Our Experts

    LifeSource Thanks Susan Gunderson for 30 Years of Service; Looks Ahead To Continued Growth

    Today, Gunderson announced her March 2022 retirement. She will leave behind both an incredible legacy and vision for the future.

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  • May 17, 2021 in Our Partners

    HHK Funeral Home Shares How They Help Families Heal.

    Honor. Remember. Heal.
    This is the goal of LifeSource’s partner, Hamlin Hanson Kosloski Funeral Home.

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  • May 13, 2021 in About Donation

    Is Organ Donation Rare?

    Yes! A person becoming an organ donor is incredibly rare. In fact, only about 1% of people who are registered as organ donors can donate after they pass away. Here’s why…

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  • May 10, 2021 in Stories

    LifeSource Ambassador Reflects on the Gift of Life

    LifeSource Ambassador and grateful liver recipient, Paul Cimmerer, looks back on his journey as he gets ready to celebrate his 30-year liver transplant anniversary!

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  • May 06, 2021 in Stories

    Alexa’s Story

    A young girl from West Fargo, Alexa’s short life ended tragically early when she died at the age of 14 while waiting for a life‐saving lung transplant.

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Together, we are champions of hope.

As a part of the Donate Life network, our Check the Box public awareness campaign aims to inspire registration and remove misconceptions by sharing a simple message: anyone can register as a donor – a decision that saves lives.

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