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Join Team MN-DAK

Team MN-DAK consists of athletes and support members who participate in various events at the Donate Life Transplant Games of America. Our athletes hail from Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota and have received an organ, bone marrow, tissue or corneal transplant or are a living donor. Are you ready to join the team?

Team Mission

We celebrate the gifts of organ, eye and tissue donation and encourage others to register as a donor. By competing in the Donate Life Transplant Games of America we honor our donors, our donor families and celebrate life.

What does it mean to be on Team MN-DAK?

General responsibilities of a Team MN-DAK member are:

  • Attend and contribute to monthly meetings (either in Minneapolis at the LifeSource office or via conference call)
  • Fill out a team profile to be posted on our website
  • Share your own story with your community to encourage support for donation and transplantation and to increase the number of people who register as a donor
  • Fundraise. Although not required, fundraising provides funding for continuing the mission of Team MN-DAK and helps offset the costs of attending the Games.
  • Cheer on and support fellow teammates at the Transplant Games of America!

Download the Team MN-DAK manual

Please contact our team co-managers, Teresa Turner and Rich Villella, by email or phone at 612.800.6100 if you’d like to get involved!


Team MN-DAK is a program of LifeSource. Team members are categorized as either primary or support team members.

Primary team members include:

  • Recipients of a lifesaving kidney, pancreas, liver, heart, lung, intestine, cornea, tissue or allogeneic bone marrow/stem cell transplant
  • Living donors of lifesaving solid organs (of any organ or tissue)
  • Donor family members

Support team members include:

  • Family members and friends of Team MN-DAK athletes
  • Donation or transplant professionals
  • Other interested individuals who would like to support the team

Athletes are primary team members and must meet the following requirements:

  • Have received an organ, tissue, bone marrow or cornea transplant, regardless of whether you are taking anti-rejection medication or not, OR be a living donor of any organ or tissue;
  • Transplant occurred at least nine months prior to the start of the Games;
  • Be in healthy condition with all forms within the medical waiver packet completed and approval from your doctor allowing you to participate