Podcasts

A Love of a Lifetime

Posted on July 6th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Their story was magical, like something out of the movies. Longtime Cleveland TV personality Jan Jones and renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Sheldon Artz, or “Shelly” as we came to know him, fell in love and began a journey together that would challenge even the strongest of couples. With a history of heart issues, Dr. Artz was thrilled when a heart for transplant became available. To everyone’s shock, however, the donor heart […]

The Gift of Thirty Years

Posted on May 18th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Surgeries populated her childhood years to correct Biliary Atresia, a congenital condition. Doctors performed operations on baby Tessa at two, three months and when she was a one-year-old. The procedures continued between ages four and five, but they were temporary measures until the unavoidable occurred. Her family remained brave, but the situation was dire. Tessa […]

Lifebanc Turns 35

Posted on March 2nd, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Happy 35th Anniversary, Lifebanc! It is an opportunity to celebrate the milestone that we have been saving and healing lives for that long. Lifebanc has saved and enhanced the lives of thousands of northeast Ohioans and others from across the country. But none of our accomplishments would have been possible without the generosity of donors […]

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 […]