Podcasts

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 […]

A Family Diagnosis

Posted on October 12th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Having a family member in organ failure doesn’t happen often. Imagine, then, the overwhelming challenges faced by a family with multiple members in this vulnerable condition, all wondering whether they will receive an organ transplant or be forced to live a compromised life. For Julie Dabb Pencak, this is the reality she lives every day. Listen to Julie […]

Standing Tall

Posted on September 29th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

An afternoon game of football with friends changed the life of 12-year-old Peter “PJ” Williams forever. After being tackled, he noticed that his knee hurt.  The pain and limp did not go away, and PJ’s mom, Sophia grew more concerned but neither of them was expecting the diagnoses they received.  Bone cancer. Listen as PJ shares his story […]

Stress of Grief

Posted on September 15th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

When someone we love or care about passes-away, especially when it is sudden and unexpected, it can become a very stressful situation.  Arrangement decisions to be made, informing family and friends, and other tasks associated with the end of life.   This is on top of the grief felt by the loss which can lead to […]

Emergency to Save Lives

Posted on August 25th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Dear First Responders, will you save my life as a registered organ donor? A traumatic accident has occurred and emergency medical staff are called. Once on the scene, they assess the patients and begin life-saving treatment while preparing for transport to the hospital. Do they assess for anything else? Kelly Cover, Lifebanc Coroner, Medical Examiner, […]

Giving Back in Grief

Posted on July 21st, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Families experiencing a loss sometimes feel they are in a hole and they will never be able to face the future.  How do some families manage to move through their grief to the point where they are reaching out to help others? Guest, Deanna Slifka, who lost her middle daughter at birth talks with Elissa […]

The Gift of the Legacy Garden

Posted on July 14th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Since 2013, the Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center has been the sponsor of the Legacy Garden at the Gift of Life Walk & Run. The Legacy Garden is a special area to honor those who have been touched by giving, receiving of waiting for the gift of life. Renee Bennett, Sr. Director of Enterprise Transplant Services […]

Partners in Saving Lives

Posted on July 7th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Lifebanc could not do what we do with out the partnership and support of our local transplant centers. Our mission of saving and healing lives through organ donation is paramount. Also important is celebrating those gifts of life given and received. Today, we talk to Stacey Banning, Administrative Director for the Transplant Institute at University […]

HOPE Act Gives Hope to Many

Posted on June 23rd, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Not so very long ago, if a patient in end-stage organ failure was HIV positive, in most cases, they were told to go home and get their things in order.  Brianna Doby Donation Community Consultant at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine discusses the creation of the HOPE Act which gives a very vulnerable patient population hope for […]

Humor in Grief

Posted on June 16th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

When we are in despair and grieving for someone we love, is it acceptable to laugh and experience joy too?   Elissa Berman, Lifebanc Senior Bereavement Counselor discusses when humor is useful and the health benefits it provides during times of tension and grief.