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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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Max’s 10th Birthday Party: Supporting LifeSource

Max’s at The Shops at Excelsior & Grand is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the “Max’s 10th Birthday Party” on Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The party is free and open to the public. Renowned jewelry designer Vicente Agor will be at the event for a trunk showing of his collections and to launch his first-ever Bridal collection that he was inspired to create following his own wedding last year.

Vincente is also a double-transplant recipient who spent the first 20 years of his career as a marketing executive in the investment banking industry. When he experienced the devastating health crisis that resulted in his having a kidney and pancreas transplant, he completely changed the course of his life. He calls the transition “Life 2.0” in reference to his second chance at life which inspired him to follow his passion, marking the beginning of his jewelry business.

In honor of Vicente, Max’s donates a portion of the sale of his work throughout the year to two local organizations – LifeSource and the University of Minnesota Transplant Assistance Fund. 

Donor Family Recognition Ceremony

Donor families in South Dakota are invited to join us for a special remembrance luncheon event with Governor Dennis Daugaard First Lady Linda Daugaard. These donor family recognition ceremonies are the continuation of a 14-year tradition of state leaders in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota recognizing donor families and the gifts of donation. Events are held every several years, with invitations extended to families whose loved ones have been donors in the years since the previous event.

View the invitation

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
11:30 am

The Clubhouse Hotel and Suites
RedRossa Italian Grille
808 West Sioux Avenue, Suite 200
Pierre, SD 57501 • 605.494.2599

We look forward to honoring your loved one and the gifts they so selflessly gave. Please call or email Donor Family Advocates Jill Halimi or Heather Beals with questions or to RSVP by May 24th at 1.800.536.6283 / familyservices@life-source.org.

Donor Family Recognition Ceremony

Donor families in Minnesota are invited to join us for a special remembrance event with state leadership. These donor family recognition ceremonies are the continuation of a 14-year tradition of state leaders in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota recognizing donor families and the gifts of donation. Events are held every several years, with invitations extended to families whose loved ones have been donors in the years since the previous event.

View the invitation

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
1:30 pm

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
763.536.8300 · Northland Ballroom

We look forward to honoring your loved one and the gifts they so selflessly gave. Please call or email Donor Family Advocates Jill Halimi or Heather Beals with questions or to RSVP by May 10th at 1.800.536.6283 / familyservices@life-source.org.

Team MN-DAK Meeting

The next Team MN-DAK team meeting will be held Wednesday, May 18th at 6:30 pm at the LifeSource office in Minneapolis. This will be the team’s final meeting prior to heading to Cleveland for the 2016 Transplant Games of America!!

LifeSource
2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

For those who are not able to make it to the meeting in person, there is the option to join via web/phone call. Please email teammndak@life-source.org  to RSVP and for call-in information, if needed.

 

Donate Life Day

Let Life Bloom!

Please join us for a day of celebration and recognition at our Donate Life Day brunch and awards. This day is an opportunity to celebrate the importance and impact of each individual’s voice in helping us create a culture of donation in our community.

In addition to honoring our ambassadors, advocates and partners, we will be joined by keynote speaker, Bruce King, Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity at St. Olaf College and Vice-Chair of the LifeSource Board of Directors. Bruce will share his inspiring journey as a kidney transplant recipient and advocacy on behalf of donation.

View the invitation to see this year’s honorees.

When and Where

Donate Life Day Event
Saturday, April 23, 2016
9:30 am – 11:30 am

New Location!
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
763.536.8300

RSVP

Please RSVP by Friday, April 15th by visiting this link or by emailing Teresa Turner at tturner@life-source.org with your name, email, and number of people attending.

Team MN-DAK Meeting

The next Team MN-DAK team meeting will be held Tuesday, March 15th at 6:00 pm at the LifeSource office in Minneapolis – 2225 West River Road North, Minneapolis, MN 55411.

For those who are not able to make it to the meeting in person, there is the option to join via web/phone call. Please email teammndak@life-source.org to RSVP and for call-in information, if needed.

 

Gallery of Hope Workshop

JOIN US

Please join us the evening of May 12th for a workshop to create a tribute for your loved one in the LifeSource Gallery of Hope. View the postcard invitation.

The Gallery of Hope is a new, online tribute that is accessible online and through an app, offering donor families the opportunity to recognize and remember their loved one. This virtual, easy-to-use format allows families to share their loved one’s story, the legacy of their gifts and the important, ongoing message of donation through photos and words. In addition to the online version, donor families and guests will see the Gallery of Hope prominently displayed in the atrium of the LifeSource office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Thursday, May 12, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 pm

LifeSource
2225 West River Road North | Minneapolis, MN 55411

Additional details coming soon!

RSVP

Let us know if you’ll be attending this special workshop here: RSVP.

INSPIRATION

Visit the LifeSource Gallery of Hope to find tributes and read the moving stories shared by donor families and recipients in our region.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jill Halimi or Heather Beals, LifeSource Donor Family Advocates, by email or by dialing 612-800-6100 or 1-888-536-6283.

Quilt Square Workshop

JOIN US

Please join us on March 19th for a workshop to create a quilt square in honor of your loved one for the LifeSource Donor Family Quilt. Quilter Patsy Scott will be here to help donor families who are interested in creating a quilt square but just don’t know where to begin or have something started but need help finishing it. Or, maybe you already have a quilt square for your loved one but would like to join us simply to help newer families get started.

The LifeSource Donor Family Quilt, established in 2004, is a patchwork of memories, lovingly created by donor family members in our region as a tribute to those who have given the gift of life. It is an ongoing project that will never be complete, in that we will continue to add squares to the quilt as families submit them.

Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come for a little while or stay the whole time!

LifeSource
2225 West River Road North | Minneapolis, MN 55411

A light lunch will be served

RSVP FOR THE WORKSHOP

WHAT TO BRING

• Fabric or clothing items special to your loved one to be used in creating your quilt square. Some families create their quilt square using clothing or a blanket that holds special meaning. Patsy will also have fabrics and material available to create your quilt square, if you prefer, as well as sewing machines and quilter friends to assist you in completing your square.

• Small keepsakes or mementos that can be sewn on to your square.

• Photo(s) of your loved one (we can scan them and have them transferred to muslin, which will become a part of your square). You can also bring your digital photos.

Please bring whatever items are significant to you. Patsy is incredibly talented and will likely have wonderful ideas for you to incorporate those items most special to you. It’s always better to come with too many options than too few!

INSPIRATION

You can find the LifeSource Donor Family Quilt on our website for inspiration or to simply to view the beautiful patches, along with tributes written by donor family members. There you will also find instructions for submitting a quilt square if you’d prefer to do this on your own.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jill Halimi or Heather Beals, LifeSource Donor Family Advocates, by email or by dialing 612-800-6100 or 1-888-536-6283.

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