Marva & Ken

Marva had found memories of her time working at Lifebanc, but she packed them away and moved on with her life. However, many years later, the mission of her former employer would touch her personally when her husband Kenneth would depend on an organ donor to save his life.

Working at a non-profit was a personally fulfilling opportunity for Marva Smith. She was a young women when she came to work at Lifebanc in the late 90s. Although she did not have a personal connection, she felt it was a great to be a part of a team that saved lives everyday. Marva loved the mission and her job, but she moved on to another opportunity that touched her heart.
Marva had many found memories of her time at Lifebanc, but packed them away and moved on with her life. Little did she know that many years later her husband Kenneth, would be one of the lives saved by a donor hero when he received a heart transplant.

Listen to Marva and Ken tell their story and all they endured. on an episode of Let’s Talk About Life.

She always supported organ donation, but didn't think it would hit home.


The stories of our donor and recipient families are powerful, moving celebrations of life, hope, and love that get to the heart of why we do what we do, and the difference we can all make. Lifebanc believes that anyone can be a hero – and we see it every day in the generous decisions of people and families who choose and support organ and tissue donation. We’d like you to meet some of these heroes, and some of the Northeast Ohio neighbors they are helping.

See All Stories