Podcasts

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 […]

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 […]

History Maker for Life

Posted on February 23rd, 2021 by Colleen Gerber

Lifebanc has been part of the Cleveland community for about 35 years. It is a milestone that we want to celebrate, but it’s only a blink-of-an-eye, compared to the long-standing, distinguished history of E.F. Boyd and Son, Inc. Funeral Homes and Crematory, which has served Greater Cleveland’s African American community for over 115 years!  Marcella […]

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 […]

Breath of Life

Posted on November 3rd, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

We are wrapping up our series Stories from the Bridge to Life. Each episode is an opportunity to hear first-hand from those touched by organ donation and/or transplantation.  Growing up, Randy Oyaski was your typical boy-next-door. He was healthy, and life was going great. He went off to college, got married, and became an athletic trainer for the United States Football League. All in all, life was good until a […]

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 […]

Planting Seeds of Love

Posted on October 6th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Marla Corrado first became aware of Lifebanc when her Father, William passed away and was a registered donor. Since then, she has become a volunteer for Lifebanc and was part of a Gift of Life Walk & Run team to honor her dad’s memory called Planting the Seeds of Love.  When COVID hit, she and […]

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 […]