Friedrich Nietzsche said, “Invisible threads are the strongest ties.” What connects us can’t always be seen, but we can uncover those invisible threads through meaningful conversations. In this bi-weekly podcast, we will set the record straight on common organ, eye, tissue, and blood myths and misconceptions and tackle hard to talk about topics that will lead to a better understanding of donation.
Episode 11: Honoring the "Yes" in NYS
Did you know there are 113,000 people across the United States waiting for an organ transplant? 10% of those waiting are right here in New York State.On episode 11, our hosts talk with two guests - Aisha M. Tator, Executive Director at Donate Life New York State and Kevin Gramlich Senior Vice President of Organ, Eye & Tissue Services at ConnectLife. We discuss how we work together to honor the "yes" to organ donation in New York State.We honor the life and legacy of Randy Mott, father, husband, and organ donor.
Episode 10: Team Fleetwood Gives Back
On episode 10, you will hear the amazing story behind Team Fleetwood. Debbie, Emily, Mark, and Scott Fleetwood are our guests. We talk about the family’s journey through organ donation and transplantation, and how they are continuing that legacy of giving through blood donation. Every episode we honor a hero, this episode we honor Scott’s anonymous organ donor.
Episode 9: Yup, That's Wrong
On episode nine, we talk myths and misconceptions. If you heard it on a TV show or as an off-handed comment, it’s probably wrong. That’s why we are here to clear the air and tell you the truth about donation. Have you heard a myth you want us to discuss? Send it in to email@example.com. Your myth might just get featured in our next episode.Every episode we honor a local hero. This episode, we honor tissue donors, John and Rita McGrath.
Episode 8: How to Save 3 Lives
On episode eight, our hosts walk you through what it's like to donate blood at a ConnectLife blood drive. We recorded this episode at New Era Field at our annual Buffalo Bills blood drive. We talk to Sue Roney, a member of ConnectLife staff, four blood donors, and Ashley Meganck, Director of Corporate Sales at Pegula Sports & Entertainment.Every episode we honor a local hero, this episode's hero is blood donor, Kaitlyn Morris. Listen for our answer to our FIRST question submission from an Invisible Threads listener!
Episode 7: Walk to ConnectLife
Episode seven of Invisible Threads is dedicated to our heroes. Get to know the 13 heroes featured in our Virtual Walk to ConnectLife's Virtual Memorial Garden. We share their stories, and you'll hear from their loved ones, in their own words.View the Virtual Memorial Garden here: ConnectLife.org/Walk
Episode 6: Hope in Tragedy
We talk about how world events of the past and the COVID-19 pandemic today have affected donation and transplantation locally in Western New York and across the country.