In June, we partnered with Mayo Clinic on a VCA program (Vascularized Composite Allograft) to meet the needs of a patient waiting for a face transplant. With the support of his family and our partners at Sanford USD Medical Center and Mayo Clinic, donor Calen “Rudy” Ross generously gave one man his life back.
An ongoing effort, we will expand our organ, eye and tissue donation services. These range from exciting advances in medical technology, like the VCA program and training labs that simulate donation experiences, to providing services and support for grieving families.
Tissue donation increased by 21% in 2016, resulting in more than 41,000 lives potentially healed and saved through these precious grafts. We completed nearly half of all tissue recoveries at our River Road Headquarters, increasing efficiency, effectiveness and service to donor families and partners.
We’re re-envisioning how we use our clinical space, including developing a program for in-house simulation labs. The SIM labs enable clinicians and donor services personnel to experience simulated donation experiences in a highly realistic clinical setting.
We added more donor and recipient stories to our Gallery of Hope and built a lobby display at our River Road Headquarters to showcase these inspiring tribute stories shared by donor families, living donors and transplant recipients.
We will gather even more inspiring stories from those touched by donation and transplantation. Gallery of Hope stories, contributed by families and friends, help us to further share the message of hope and healing. We’d be honored if you’d make time to share your own story.
With the generous support of a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health, we began a project to increase much-needed support for donation in the Native American community in partnership with Hennepin County Medical Center.
To sustain and grow the rate of organ donation, we will further multicultural engagement in communities throughout our region. People of all communities, regardless of background, are increasingly understanding the generosity and selflessness of donation.
We launched e-learning capabilities to train driver’s license professionals throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. In addition, we hosted 21 donation-related events at our headquarters for groups like driver’s license professionals.
We’re working with the DNR so that hunters and fishermen will have the option to register to be a donor when they renew their licenses online. Because these licenses are renewed annually, this opportunity offers more frequent reminders of the importance of saying “yes” to donation.
We expanded donation services to include eye donation in North Dakota, in partnership with Minnesota Lions Eye Bank. The eye bank obtains, medically evaluates and distributes over 1,000 donor eyes annually, ensuring that as many people as possible receive the gift of sight.
At our bi-annual Donate Life Symposium, Spark, we will educate and inspire hundreds of healthcare and end-of-life professionals. The symposium, on October 25–26, 2017, is held every other year in the Twin Cities. It includes an open house at our headquarters, a Donate Life Flag Raising at the conference, and a full day of educational events designed to strengthen organ, eye and tissue donation programs.
A busy year all across our region
Our single largest fundraiser of the year, the 21st annual Golf Classic in Memory of Terri Opp raised $167,500. Since 1995 the Golf Classic has raised $1.72 million in support of community education to increase the number of people registered as donors and our donor family services. Our 22nd annual Golf Classic will be held on September 18, 2017 at Majestic Oaks Golf Club.
On September 17, donor families, transplant recipients and members of our community gathered to rededicate our Donor Memorial Wall in our Healing Garden. At the event, we unveiled new Garden Bench and Memorial Wall inscriptions, just some of the legacy opportunities we have available to donor families.
We joined South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard in celebrating the holiday season at the 36th annual Christmas at the Capitol. Our Gift of Life tree was among nearly 90 other trees decorated by businesses, nonprofit organizations, communities, and government offices throughout the state on display in the capitol in Pierre.
Community members across our 3 states participated in National Donate Life Blue and Green Day on April 15th. During this day, the public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold fundraisers, and partner with community organizations to promote awareness of organ, eye, and tissue transplantation and the need for registered donors. This year, Blue and Green Day is Friday, April 21st.
We participated in DMV Appreciation Week in September, sharing some of the stories of those who help save lives every day by advocating for donation. Driver’s license offices throughout our region support our mission of donation and play an important role in spreading the message that anyone can register.
In May, we joined South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and First Lady Linda Daugaard along with donor families for a special Donor Family Recognition Ceremony. A continuation of a 14-year tradition of state leaders in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota, the luncheon recognizes donor families and their loved one’s gifts of donation.
At our River Road Headquarters we hosted 21 events, lectures, and meetings related to donation. Here, Minnesota drivers license professionals participate in a training workshop in our Mississippi Room to help them better understand and advocate for donation registration.
We began implementing a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health to increase support for donation in the Native American community in the state. This grant is in partnership with Hennepin County Medical Center, and all of the transplant centers in Minnesota are participating as part of a Transplant Center Advisory Council. Our activities have laid the groundwork for implementing a sustainable campaign with this important community in 2017.
Donor Family Workshops expanded our support services for the families we serve. New in 2016, we held two workshops at our River Road Headquarters to help families who were interested in completing legacy opportunities in honor of their loved ones. One workshop, pictured here, was focused on creating a quilt square for our Donor Family Quilt. The other workshop focused on helping interested families create a Gallery of Hope tribute for their loved one.
Growth Through Careful Stewardship
|Cash and short term investments||$6,251,686.00||$6,134,273.00|
|Other current assets||$654,663.00||$977,051.00|
|Builidng, land and equipment net||$18,888,878.00||$18,252,671.00|
|Accounts payable and other liabilities||$5,386,519.00||$5,875,534.00|
|Long-term capital bonding||$11,993,795.00||$11,653,775.00|
|Unrestricted net assets||$26,285,753.00||$31,627,074.00|
|Temporarily Restricted Assets, net||$138,000.00||$-|
|Total liabilities and net assets||$43,804,067.00||$49,156,383.00|
We graciously thank the financial contributors who help us save lives and offer hope and healing. Money raised supports public education about organ, eye and tissue donation so that more people in our communities say "yes" to donation.
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There are many ways you can support LifeSource. Whether you make a financial contribution in memory of a friend or loved one, include LifeSource in your estate planning or attend a fundraising event, we recognize these gifts and steward them in service of our mission to offer hope and healing through excellence in organ and tissue donation.
Your support helps sustain our programs to increase donor designation and support families of organ, eye and tissue donors.
For more information about making a charitable contribution, please email Kristin Rigg.