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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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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


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


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

2225 West River Road North | Minneapolis, MN 55411

Additional details coming soon!


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


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


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


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!

2225 West River Road North | Minneapolis, MN 55411

A light lunch will be served



• 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!


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.


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

Team MN-DAK Meeting

The next Team MN-DAK team meeting will be held on Saturday, January 30th from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the LifeSource office in Minneapolis: 2225 West River Road North, Minneapolis, MN 55411.

This will be a special meeting to sign the Donate Life Transplant Games of America Flag, which is touring the country and scheduled to be in Minneapolis on that date. This is also a meeting where new team members, or anyone interested in learning more about joining the team, is strongly encouraged to attend.

Agenda for the morning:

  • 10:00am – 10:30am Refreshments, Mingling and Introductions
  • 10:30am – 11:30am Team Meeting
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm Flag Signing and Team Photos

For anyone not able to make it to the meeting in person, there will be a call-in option beginning at 10:15.

Please RSVP your attendance for this meeting by emailing team.mn.dak@gmail.com. Please Indicate whether or not you will be attending in person or via phone. RSVP by Wednesday, January 27th.

Donate Life Ambassador Training

Please join LifeSource on Wednesday, February 17th from 6-8pm for our first training of 2016 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.

LifeSource Donate Life Ambassador Training

Wednesday, February 17th


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 Monday, February 15th.


Additional trainings will be offered throughout our service area this year. Watch for more information as dates and locations are confirmed.

Eye Donation Expansion

LifeSource ND, Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, Announce Eye Donation Expansion
Collaboration means better service for healthcare providers, patients, families and communities in North Dakota

When you walk into Altru Health System, you can’t help but notice the Our Living Legacy wall in honor of organ, eye and tissue donors. Launched in April 2014, the display was the first in the state recognizing the gifts of life and sight through a permanent installation. It’s the same dedication and leadership that prompted the hospital to be the first in the state to partner with LifeSource North Dakota to provide full service, locally-focused organ, eye and tissue donation options to their patients and families.

The new service model is made possible through a collaboration of LifeSource North Dakota and Minnesota Lions Eye Bank. LifeSource North Dakota has served the state since 1989 through organ donation and since 1999 in tissue donation; Minnesota Lions Eye Bank has more than 55 years of eye donation service in the state. The new partnership in North Dakota means joining together two strong, locally-focused organizations to better meet the needs of the generous North Dakotans who say yes to donation. Nearly three out of four North Dakotans are registered donors.

“North Dakotans are incredibly generous and the state has one of the highest donation rates in the country, and we are honored to help fulfill the generous decisions of the patients and families who choose to save and heal lives through the gifts of organ, eye and tissue donation,” shared Susan Gunderson, CEO of LifeSource North Dakota, and Raylene Streed, Executive Director of Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, in a joint statement. “Our partnership means greater efficiency and service for our healthcare partners and a stronger donation program for the generous people who place their trust in us to be stewards of their gifts of life and sight.”

“Altru Health System’s mission is improving health and enriching life,” said Dave Molmen, Altru Health System CEO. “That means partnering with organizations that best share our dedication to world-class service and bring strength and compassion to our community. Our strengthened partnership in donation will allow us to provide the best possible care to patients and families who choose donation.”


LifeSource, founded in 1989, is the non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest, serving communities in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. For more information, visit www.Life-Source.org.

Minnesota Lions Eye Bank, founded in 1960, serves eye donors and family members from Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin, and provides donor eye tissue for transplant, research and medical education locally, nationally and internationally.  Learn more at www.MnLionsEyeBank.org.

National Eye Donor Month

The annual commemoration of National Eye Donor Month promotes the need to donate eyes, recognizes the generous gift of sight from donors and their families, and celebrates corneal transplant recipients.

Read stories about people impacted by eye donation and cornea transplantation on Minnesota Lions Eye Bank’s website.