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:

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.

National Donate Life Month

National Donate Life Month is a time set aside to honor the generous gifts of organ and tissue donation. It’s also the perfect time to register as an organ and tissue donor and to encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Many of our Donate Life Ambassadors and donor family members use this month-long observance to share their story and encourage their friends and community members to register as an organ and tissue donor. Some people engage their local media by writing a letter to the editor of their local paper, others share information about their connection to donation in their place of worship or with other community organizations, and others simply help spread the message through their online or social networks.

Donate Life Ambassador Luncheon

LifeSource Donate Life Ambassadors are invited to join us on Wednesday, December 9th at our River Road Headquarters to celebrate the year and all of your contributions to LifeSource’s mission of saving lives.

Lunch, beverages and holiday treats will be provided.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015
11:30 am – 1:00 pm


LifeSource Headquarters
2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Please RSVP to the luncheon at the button below. If you have questions or need to change your RSVP after it’s been submitted, please contact Teresa Turner, LifeSource Community Advocacy Coordinator, at tturner@life-source.org or 612.800.6288.




Team MN-DAK Meeting

Join Team MN-DAK at its next team meeting! The meeting is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the team and the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games of America.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
6:00 pm

2225 West River Road North
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Conference call option available. Email Teresa Turner, team co-manager, with any questions or to receive the conference call information.

Transplant Games of America

South Dakota “Christmas at the Capitol”

DSC02594If you are a donor family member or transplant recipient, we’d like to share with you a special opportunity this holiday season. Each year the South Dakota State Capitol hosts a “Christmas at the Capitol” display, drawing over 30,000 visitors to the capitol building in Pierre. Last year many donor families and transplant recipients contributed an ornament to adorn the Donate Life South Dakota tree. Ornaments submitted last year will grace the tree again this year and we are offering an opportunity for additional donor families and transplant recipients to contribute an ornament.

Bonnie Bjork from Pierre, SD initiated having a tree again this year to honor organ and tissue donors as well as recognize South Dakota transplant recipients who have been blessed to receive one of these life-saving gifts. Bonnie’s husband, Tim, is a heart transplant recipient and serves on the LifeSource Board of Directors. Bonnie has experienced first-hand the life-saving impact of the gifts of donation and she continues to express her gratitude by advocating for donation.

DSC02607For the second year, we are honored that Donate Life South Dakota has been selected as one of the community organizations that will participate in decorating a tree at the capitol in 2015. The tree will help bring awareness to the importance of organ and tissue donation. We would like your assistance to personalize the tree with ornaments honoring donors and recipients.

If your loved one was a donor and you would like to have them included in this special display, or if you are a recipient and would like to be included, please create an ornament to be placed on the tree. You may consider including a photo, name, hometown, date of death or date of transplant as well as hobbies or interests. The ornament will stay with the tree, so you may wish to consider making a second, similar ornament to adorn your tree at home. Please do not feel you need to be exceptionally artistic to contribute. The detail of your ornament can be as simple or complex as you like.

If you would like to have an ornament placed on the tree during “Christmas at the Capitol,” please call LifeSource at 612.800.6100 or 888.536.6283 for information on where to mail your ornament. Ornaments must be received by November 17, 2015.

Bonnie will personally be decorating the tree with the ornaments received. If you would like to assist Bonnie in decorating, please contact LifeSource. The tree will be on display at the capitol building from November 26, 2015 through December 26, 2015. We hope you are able to visit the capitol during this time. Please note that ornaments submitted will not be returned.

We hope you will join us to honor donors and recipients and help spread the importance of organ and tissue donation and transplantation in South Dakota.