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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Donation Skeptic

Posted on September 8th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Carol and her circle of family and friends were skeptics, not just about organ, eye, and tissue donation, but the health care industry as a whole.  Even when it came to her mom’s passing, Carol could not move beyond her concerns to allow an autopsy to be performed to see the cause of her mom’s […]

Too Old or Too Sick?

Posted on September 1st, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Lifebanc works closely with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to track statistics of individuals who sign up to be registered organ, eye, and tissue donors. We look at age, gender, location of those who have said “YES” to saving lives. We also track a disturbing trend of folks who said were registered donors at one time, […]

The GOLWR is Here

Posted on August 11th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

We are just a few days away from the 2020 Gift of Life Walk & Run live-stream event and the excitement is building. We are in full swing getting ready to celebrate life by Crossing the Finish Line Together! Listen as Gordon Bowen, Lifebanc CEO provide insight into the program and what we can expect on Saturday […]

The Numbers Don’t Add Up

Posted on August 4th, 2020 by Colleen Gerber

Individuals who are African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian or Pacific Islanders, American Indian or Alaskan Natives make up 60% of the national waiting list for an organ transplant.  Yet, in 2019, only 46% of the people who received a transplant were from these communities. Increasing the gap further is the fact that these communities […]