Frequently Asked Questions

SPARK is a Donate Life Symposium presented by LifeSource to share information and inspiration about organ, eye and tissue donation with the healthcare community.

There’s a spark inside each one of us that calls us to our passion. Together, our collective spark ignites our community to action to help save and heal the lives of those waiting for a lifesaving transplant and to provide compassionate, hopeful care for grieving families.

A spark is all it takes to ignite hope, fuel ideas and kindle community.

Each year we work hard to design the Symposium to be as relevant as possible to not only donation, but your wider healthcare practice with skill-building around topics like collaborative partnerships and working with families from diverse communities. You’ll return to your facility with specific tools to help improve your donation program and strengthen your advocacy in your community.

If you’ve attended the Symposium in the past then you know this is an event not to be missed! Our 2019 event will have a new focus for the Simulation Learning with an immersive experience that’s as close as possible to observing an actual donation. Complex case studies from two Level I Trauma Centers will be presented. The full agenda of breakout session topics can be found here.  As always, the day will be full of education, inspiring donation and transplant stories and a few surprises along the way.

The 2019 Donate Life Symposium is being held at Mystic Lake Event Center in Prior Lake, Minnesota. All symposium-related events on October 23rd and 24th will be at Mystic Lake, and lodging is available at a reduced rate until the hotel block is full. Find more information here.

Mystic Lake Event Center
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd.
Prior Lake, MN 55372
Phone: (800) 262-7799

Registration is closed for this year’s event, but watch for information about our 2021 conference!

In 2019, the fee to register is $150 per person and includes the full day symposium experience and up to 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, lunch, cocktail reception and free parking at the event venue are also included.

You’ll get the most out of joining us for the full Symposium experience, yet we understand that conflicts do arise. You are welcome to join us for part of the day if needed. However, the full day registration fee of $150 must still be paid.

Absolutely! While we would love to have you join us we understand that conflicts arise. Registered attendees can transfer their registration to another person from their facility, free-of-charge, by emailing Bay Wilkinson at

Cancellation requests must be submitted to Bay Wilkinson at by October 10th to receive a refund. Refunds will be processed less a $20.00 transaction fee. There will be no refunds after October 10th, 2019.

Yes. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. You can learn more about credit designations and educational objectives here.

We don’t have a formal dress code, though most attendees wear business casual or business attire to the Symposium.

Yes, complimentary wi-fi is provided and charging stations will be available.

Both vegetarian and gluten-free options are available for lunch. Simply let us know when you register and we’ll provide a designation you can place at your table to let the server know.

We’ll share updates about the Donate Life Symposium on LifeSource’s Facebook page with the hashtag #BeTheSPARK and encourage you to post or tweet us with that hashtag as well.

Get in touch with your LifeSource Liaison, email us at or call 612.800.6100. For questions specific to the registration process, you can reach out to Bay Wilkinson directly at