Gift of Life Transplant House

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Gift of Life Transplant House was founded in 1984 by kidney transplant patient Ed Pompeian. His vision and mission was to provide Mayo Clinic transplant patients with high quality affordable accommodations in a supportive home-like environment. Gift of Life provides services for solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients and their families. It is a place of compassion, healing and hope for patients of all ages from all over the world. In this supportive environment we help ease the impact of the complex medical, financial, emotional and spiritual burdens families are faced with day to day on their transplant journey. Gift of Life Transplant House located in Rochester, Minnesota is a not-for-profit independent Hospital Hospitality House and a Member of the Healthcare Hospitality Network (HHN). 

In The Gift of Life Edward shares his own story of pain and hope, as well as the stories of those whose lives have been touched by the thousands of dedicated staff and volunteers who have made Gift of Life Transplant House a success.  The Gift of Life is available in our Gift Shops for $13.00 per book.  100% of sales directly benefit Gift of Life Transplant House.  To purchase The Gift of Life call 507-288-7470 or go to

Making an Impact

Chickie babies grab your poodle skirts, cool cats grab your fedora and join us as we go Back to the 50’s at this year’s Gala of the Decades – The 1950’s on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 at Signature Flight Support Hangar.

The evening’s activities will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception on the tarmac featuring cars from the 1950’s and 60’s.  The hangar door will then open to welcome guests back to the 1950’s featuring a 4-course dinner with wine by Pinnacle Catering at 7pm.  After dinner, guests will walk through the emotional ups and downs of 13 year old Billi Jo Bowman’s kidney transplant journey.  We will hear about the life-altering diagnosis of Henoch Schonlein Purpura at just 7-years-old to the call that changed her life.  A small exclusive live auction featuring auctioneer “Elvis” will also take place before guests dance the night away to the 50’s / 60’s music by LP and the 45’s.  Later in the evening, enjoy pizza and cannoli’s from Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria.
NEW this year:  Dessert and Dance option: 1/$50 or 2/$80. Doors open at 8pm (Band plays from 9pm – Midnight) Tickets available online or at the door.

 Gala of the Decades, 1950’s Invitation

Registration is closed.  Dance Tickets will be available at the door starting at 8pm

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Wish list for Gift of Life Transplant House

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Volunteer Opportunities at Gift of Life Transplant House

Volunteer Opportunities