Podcasts

The Organ Trail

Posted on October 12th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

It sounds like the beginning of a joke: two guys walk in to a bar. However, the conversation that took place was no joke and forever changed the lives of Mark Scotch and Hugh Smith. After talking about general topics like sports, politics, and the weather, Mark was surprised when Hugh got up to leave. Mark kidded him, saying it was still early enough in […]

A BMV Donation Story

Posted on September 28th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

We know thousands of Ohioans have registered their donation decision through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.The Ohio Donor Registry is managed by the state of Ohio through the BMVs and each agency ask citizens if they would like to give the gift of life. September is National BMV Appreciation month, and a time to thank our partners for helping to […]

A Lifesaving Friendship

Posted on June 8th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Eddie and Kathy Cheyfitz had settled into a nice pace in life until a minor dental procedure lead to the discovery that he was in kidney failure. Eddie was preparing to begin dialysis, but his wife Kathy felt sure they would find a living donor before he got to that point. So it was a […]

From Caregiver to Patient

Posted on March 23rd, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

As a Cleveland Clinic liver transplant coordinator, Amy McFarlin witnessed the power of donation and transplantation every day. She helped to guide transplant recipients through their routine to keep their new organ functioning as long as possible. So it was more than ironic that after bloodwork, Amy received a call from her Physician Assistant telling […]

Journey to Life

Posted on October 27th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Something just wasn’t right. Weight gain, shortness of breath, and excessive thirst kept La’Tanya from normal activities. Also having a persistent cough, she went to a doctor where they did blood tests. When she returned home she received a surprising message telling her to go to the hospital. La’Tanya had been diagnosed with acute kidney […]

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 […]