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Terri Opp’s Story

Terri Opp

Terri Opp was a young woman who died while waiting for a heart transplant. Born with a congenital heart defect, she was just five days old when she had her first heart surgery. Despite these health challenges, Terri was a vibrant, active young person. She rode her bike, lettered in volleyball as her team’s manager and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Minnesota State University Moorhead. As a young adult Terri began a career at 3M and was a Mary Kay Consultant.

In her mid-twenties Terri became ill, requiring several hospitalizations and, ultimately, being placed on the transplant waiting list. Sadly, Terri died in June of 1996, at the age of 26, before she could receive the gift she so desperately needed. Though Terri needed the gift of life, she also gave it—Terri was a tissue and cornea donor upon her death.

Terri worked for 3M, and it was her co-workers, family and friends who began the golf tournament in 1995. Today, the LifeSource Golf Classic continues in Terri’s memory to support education about organ and tissue donation and the difference we can make by registering to be a donor. The event is organized by LifeSource and a group of volunteers made up of her family, friends and members of the community who share Terri’s commitment to this important cause.