Podcasts

Saving Those Waiting

Posted on August 3rd, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Do you know that 60% of those on the national waiting list are either, African Americans, Hisapanic/Latino, Asian Pacific Islanders or American Indian/Alaska Natives.  But these groups make up less 50% of those who receive transplants.  Also, these groups are less likely to register as OET donors. Linda D. Kimble, Executive Director of Cleveland MOTTEP discusses this […]

The Amazing Kini Bini

Posted on May 25th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Keira was born to make a difference. At eleven years old, she was vibrant, a natural helper, and had plenty of energy. In October of 2017, Keira suffered an asthma attack and stopped breathing on the way to the hospital. Although ER doctors were able to revive her heart, her brain had gone too long […]

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 […]

Faithfully Waiting

Posted on May 10th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

On any given morning, more than 300,000 listeners start their day focusing on their faith and positivity by tuning into 95.5 The Fish – a contemporary Christian Music station here in the Cleveland Area.  One of the familiar voices on the morning show is the traffic guy David Sprouse.  Dave is probably most recognized for cheerfully sending morning […]

Inspired to Nursing

Posted on May 4th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

When Michael Grabill learned he had liver cancer and would need a transplant, his daughter Beth was by his side for the entire journey.Beth was also by his side when Michael passed just a couple of years after receiving his transplant. That’s when Beth Grabill decided to change her life – in a big way. […]

The Importance of DEI

Posted on April 27th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Though Lifebanc’s number one goal every day is to save and heal lives, we are keenly aware that we have an impact on the world far beyond our work in organ, eye, and tissue donation. We’re committed to seeing the bigger picture and being a responsible community partner and good world citizen. How do we do that? By providing opportunities to all,whether […]

Smallest Angels, Biggest Gifts

Posted on April 20th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Pediatric Transplant Week, and we could think of no better to celebrate than talking to a young recipient about their experience. When Chase, one of triplet boys was born, his parents Michael and Jodi Del Ferraro, immediatly knew something was wrong because of his deep yellow coloring. Michael recalls Chase’s journey and how it felt […]

Celebrate Donate Life Month

Posted on April 6th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Every April, there is a buzz in the air. Spring is in full swing, the temperatures are warming, and we get the feeling that new growth, new life, and rebirth are all around us. That’s why April is perfect for celebrating National Donate Life Month, a time when we nationally recognize the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donors and saving the […]

Doctors of Donation

Posted on March 30th, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

We often say that it takes a village to facilitate the organ donation process from recovery to transplantation. When an individual meets medical criteria for organ donation, and in collaboration with their family, the first steps in the donation process can begin. The Lifebanc care team medically manages that patient until the recovery is complete. […]

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 […]