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:

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.

Donate Life Ambassador Training

Please join LifeSource on Tuesday, October 20th from 6-8pm for an orientation and training to our Donate Life Ambassador Program. This training will take place at our office in Minneapolis and is open to all current and prospective Donate Life Ambassadors. *New Ambassadors from the Twin Cities area 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

Tuesday, October 20th


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 Friday, October 16th.

Visit us at MUL’s Family Day on Saturday, August 29th

familyday2015We are excited participate in the 26th Annual Celebration of “Family Day” in North Minneapolis this Saturday, August 29th!

Family Day was initiated by the Minneapolis Urban League in the summer of 1989 to recognize the spirit of unity that exists among families who live in the core city. As new neighbors in North Minneapolis, we’re excited for this opportunity to introduce ourselves and the mission of LifeSource.

The event will last from noon to 7 p.m. on Plymouth Avenue between Logan Avenue and Penn Avenue. The area will be transformed into an urban festival, marketplace, and vendor resource fair.

Family Day promotes healthy lifestyle choices, local entrepreneurialism, and community empowerment. Family Day is an opportunity for local businesses to connect with consumers who support their establishments and for community-based agencies to disseminate vital information about the resources and services available to help families meet their needs. Learn more at www.mul.org.

If you’re in the area, stop by to visit us at the LifeSource table and enjoy a day of food and fun!

Donor Memorial Wall Dedication

In the late spring of 2015, all LifeSource donor families were mailed a letter and Legacy Opportunities brochure, detailing the ongoing and brand new opportunities for families to honor their loved one’s legacy. On Saturday, September 26, we invite you to join us in dedicating the LifeSource Healing Garden and Donor Memorial Wall, as we unveil the Garden Bench and Memorial Wall inscriptions that were submitted this summer. 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 26, 2015
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.

Team MN-DAK Bowling Fundraiser Meet & Greet

Join Team MN-DAK on Sunday, October 4, 2015 for a Team MN-DAK Bowling Fundraiser and Meet & Greet event! Come out to Tuttle’s in Hopkins, Minnesota for a bowling fundraiser and to meet Team MN-DAK members, learn what it means to be on the team, and learn more about the 2016 Transplant Games of America. Enjoy bowling, pizza buffet, silent auction, and raffle drawings while you support the team’s mission to celebrate the gifts of organ, eye and tissue donation and encourage others to register as a donor. The cost is $20 adults, $15 kids 12 and under, and $15 for food and silent auction only tickets (no bowling). Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

Hit up your favorite Team MN-DAK member for event tickets or contact Team MN-DAK co-managers, Marisa and Teresa, at team.mn.dak@gmail.com.

If you have an item you’d like to donate to the silent auction, please fill out the form on the back of the event flyer, and deliver the form (or a piece of paper with the requested information) and your item to a Team MN-DAK member or the LifeSource office during business hours.


Sunday, October 4, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Tuttle’s Eat Bowl Play
107 Shady Oak Road
Hopkins, MN 55343