Symposium Held to Encourage Organ Donation in Minnesota

Updated: 11/08/2013 12:36 AM By: Tom Durian

Minnesotans are a generous group of people. According to the organ donor organization LifeSource, 62 percent of the state's residents are signed up to be donors. But, there are states higher on the list, and today hundreds of healthcare professionals met in hopes of moving the state up the list.

LifeSource held its Donate Life Symposium, where nurses and doctors heard from the families of donors, and those whose lives were saved by organ donation.

Mandy Bradley, 25, suffered from heart failure in 2012 and received a donated heart while waiting at the most critical of spots on the donor list, 1A. She now thanks the donor everyday "I am living a normal healthy life because of someone else and the decision they made."
In addition to the stories of survival were the stories of families whose loved ones made the decision to donate.

KSTP Meteorologist Ken Barlow shared the story of his brother Stevie who was killed in a car crash in 2010. "Not only do the recipients get the gift of life, but my brother is alive in 51 other people."

According to LifeSource, one donor can help the lives of 60 people. You can register online in Minnesota or when you apply for or renew your driver's license.