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:

Healing Garden Event

On Saturday, September 17, 2016 we invite you to join us as we rededicate our Donor Memorial Wall in our Healing Garden by unveiling the Garden Bench and Memorial Wall inscriptions submitted this year through August 17, 2016. Please know you can submit your loved one’s name at any time, including at the event, and their name will be inscribed in a future engraving.


Saturday, September 17, 2016
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
11:00 AM – Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony


2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Light refreshments will be provided.

This is an open house-style event and no RSVP is required. To learn more about our legacy opportunities, please visit www.life-source.org/legacy.



Hunt for Hope

Are you looking for an adventure that also gives back?

For the third year, we will host a pheasant hunt to raise funds to support donation education and to care for families of donors.

Join us for a private aircraft charter from the Twin Cities to Gregory, South Dakota. Enjoy great food throughout the day, exclusive access to the ranch’s prime hunting grounds with expert guides and trained dogs, and an opportunity to hear first-hand the impact of donation.

This event is made possible through the generous support of Circle H Ranch, Owners Pete and Marilyn Hegg, and Aviation Charter.

Event Details

When: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Depart Flying Cloud Airport around 7:30 a.m. and returning late evening

Where: Circle H Ranch near Gregory, South Dakota

Why: We look to the community to support our work to increase the number of people registered as donors as well as to provide quality support to families of donors.

Contribution: $2,000 (fair market value estimated at $1,200)

Contact: If this sounds like an adventure for you, please contact Kristin Rigg at LifeSource by dialing 888.536.6283 or connect via email.

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Donate Life Ambassador Training

Please join us for an orientation and training to our Donate Life Ambassador Program. New Ambassadors from the Sioux Falls area are strongly encouraged to attend and dinner will be provided.

LifeSource Donate Life Ambassador Training
Wednesday, August 17th

Siouxland Libraries – Prairie West Branch
Switchgrass Meeting Room
7630 W. 26th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57106

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

To ensure an accurate count for dinner, please RSVP to Teresa Turner by Friday, August 12th by email or at 612-800-6288. We hope to see you there!

Team MN-DAK Picnic

Join us for a Team MN-DAK picnic! We will be celebrating the 2016 Games and kicking off the road to the 2018 Games. All current and former team members, supporters and anyone interested in learning more about Team MN-DAK are welcome.


Saturday, August 27, 2016
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

LifeSource will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, condiments and refreshments. Please bring a side dish or desert to share.


2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Please RSVP for the picnic by emailing team managers Teresa Turner and Emily Laughlin at teammndak@life-source.org. Hope to see you there!

LifeSource Golf Classic: in Memory of Terri Opp

The LifeSource Golf Classic is our annual fundraising event held each September. Terri Opp was a young woman who died while waiting for a heart transplant, and over the past 20 years, more than $1.5 million has been raised to support education and outreach about donation and transplantation in her memory.


Monday, September 12, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

10:00 am  Check-in at Majestic Oaks Clubhouse
11:00 am   Golfers pick up lunch
11:30 am   Shotgun start
4:30 pm   Happy hour, silent auction, dinner, raffle prize drawings, and winners announced.


Majestic Oaks Golf Club
701 Bunker Lake Blvd
Ham Lake, MN 55304

Learn more

Check out this page for more information on how to get involved in this year’s event, and visit LifeSource on Facebook for updates and photos from past events.

Clinical Job Fair

Have you considered using your medical knowledge, skills and abilities to help save and heal lives? Work with grieving families and facilitate the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. Your experience with direct patient care, family communication, human anatomy and medical terminology are essential to the donation process.

Visit us for an open house-style event to learn more about LifeSource and current employment opportunities. You’ll have a chance to tour our building on the Mississippi River, meet team members and interview with hiring managers. Please bring a copy of your resume.

Thursday, June 16th
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

LifeSource saves lives and offers hope and healing through excellence in organ and tissue donation. We are dedicated to working with our hospital and community partners to support donor families, facilitate the donation of organs and tissues to transplant recipients and encourage the people in our communities to register as donors.

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.