Podcasts

History Maker for Life

Posted on February 23rd, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Lifebanc has been part of the Cleveland community for about 35 years. It is a milestone that we want to celebrate, but it’s only a blink-of-an-eye, compared to the long-standing, distinguished history of E.F. Boyd and Son, Inc. Funeral Homes and Crematory, which has served Greater Cleveland’s African American community for over 115 years!  Marcella […]

The Healing Gift of Tissue

Posted on February 16th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Although not everyone meets the medical criteria to be an organ donor when they pass away, many people are able to give the life-healing and saving gift of tissue. Heart valves, bone, and cornea from tissue donors help individuals live a better life. The gift of skin is unique and is vital to the healing process […]

The Heart of an Advocate

Posted on February 9th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Coming from a family where many of the women suffered from heart disease, lifelong New Yorker Roxanne wasn’t surprised when she learned she had suffered a silent heart attack. She was referred to a larger medical center and was told she would require a new heart to continue living. Roxanne waited for months in the hospital until finally, after three offers that didn’t work out, […]

NEO Coming Together

Posted on February 2nd, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

As northeast Ohioans, we are so fortunate to have access to premium healthcare in our own backyard. We take pride in our strong donation and transplant community that includes numerous organizations providing services, education, and outreach to a population in need. Lifebanc is honored to be one of those organizations! With so many groups reaching out to the same populations, overlap would inevitably follow. Tricia Fliehman, Walgreens Regional Account […]

Fear Filled Times

Posted on January 26th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

The past year has been difficult to maneuver in addition to the events of the past few weeks.  Listen to the second episode of season two as Elissa Berman, Lifebanc Sr. Bereavement Services Counselor is a calming voice in the noise and provides ways to cope with fear-filled times.

In a Blink of an Eye

Posted on January 19th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

It was a beautiful fall day in October of 2016. Priscilla Masello and her family – including her husband, son, mother, and brothers were together enjoying what seemed to be the perfect day. The day started with a double-header baseball game then there were a birthday celebration, an impromptu football game, and rides in a dream […]

Grief Services 2021

Posted on December 15th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Lifebanc will be celebrating 35 years of service in 2021, and we have been a leader in the area of grief support for many of those years. We are proud of our dedication to donor families and the comprehensive aftercare program that we offer to families whose loved one was an organ, eye, or tissue donor. All of our bereavement services are offered at […]

National Kidney Foundation

Posted on December 8th, 2020 by Blake Johnston

The numbers are staggering – there are nearly 100,000 Americans waiting for a kidney transplant – but only 21,000 will actually receive a kidney this year. But there is a way to increase the number of people helped. Anna Tzinis, from the National Kidney Foundation provides details on free resources to kidney patients and families […]

Support for Transplant Recipients

Posted on December 2nd, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

The surgery is successful, and the recovery is going well.  You are sent home with a functioning organ given as the most amazing gift.  You’re alive but overwhelmed.  Many recipients experience a feeling of now what that settles in between doctor’s appointments and maneuvering a new normal.  One of the best therapies for transplant recipients is […]

The Gift of Sight

Posted on November 23rd, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

In case you’re not aware, November is National Eye Donor Awareness Month.  Who better than to share their story of the impact of the gift of sight than a cornea recipient.  Lois is a retired Cleveland Clinic Emergency Room nurse where – at one time, she would talk to families about their loved one being a […]