March is National Eye Donor Month - Give the Gift of Sight!

Celebrate National Eye Donor Month

Approximately 48,000 corneas will be transplanted in the U.S. this year. With their vision renewed, the cornea recipients will be able to see their families and lead healthy, independent lives. March is National Eye Donor Month, a helpful reminder that it is important to sign up for the eye, organ, and tissue donor registry and to speak with your family about donation.

Donate Life and the Eye Bank Association of America offer several graphics for public display. Please consider downloading one of the images (or several!) and adding it to your social media profile(s) in March to help promote National Eye Donor Month in your community. With these images, you can encourage people to sign up for the donor registry at registerme.org or at their local motor vehicles office.

If you would like to host an eye, organ, and tissue donor designation drive in your community, we can send additional materials and instructions. Contact us or call 800-753-2265 to request materials or find out more.

 

Stories of Hope


 

Saving Sight Honors Eye Donors in the 128th Rose Parade

Staff at Capital Region Medical Center Pose with Teammates in Life Rose Vial Signing poster.Each year, Saving Sight works to coordinate the eye donation process for donors in partner hospitals across Missouri, Kansas and central Illinois. Saving Sight partner relations coordinators meet with the partner hospitals as the year comes to a close to honor the gifts of their donors on a national stage during the annual Tournament of Roses - Rose Parade.


Devon’s Legacy Smiles on Through His Selfless Gift

Devon smiles at the camera while sitting in the sand on the beach. Devon continued to help others in death through being an eye donor.Losing a child is heartbreaking. For Danielle, knowing her 10-year-old son Devon could help others through being an eye donor gives her a sense of peace. “Devon is really missed so much, but I know that he is happy he was able to help someone else,” said Danielle.

Devon was born with Goldenhar Syndrome. Though his case had nothing to do with his heart, he was born with fluid on his brain, extra tissue on his eye and skin tags that were removed at birth. Devon also underwent surgery at the age of 2 and had 2 rods and 6 screws placed in his back. Despite his health concerns and diagnosis of ADHD & ADD severe in first grade, Danielle said he was so smart, energetic and always smiling.


Active Family Man Carries on his Legacy in Helping Others

Rick was an active family man who continued to give in death as an eye, organ and tissue donor. Here is pictured at the Red Rocks.Rick enjoyed having a good time in all he did. He was also a good steward and gave his time freely to help others and loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchild. Rick lived an active lifestyle, was a gifted craftsman and an excellent athlete. He had given up basketball the year prior when he had heart surgery, but continued to play volleyball and golf until he passed away at age 61. Rick was a sports car enthusiast, an active deacon and church youth leader, and had served in the Missouri Army National Guard.

“He’s just a great guy gone way too soon,” said his wife Theresa.

Rick passed away of a heart attack during a volleyball game in 2014. “It was very hard on his teammates – they performed CPR – but I was very thankful he was not by himself,” said Theresa. Because living an active lifestyle was so important to Rick, he and his wife had talked about organ donation and end-of-life-care.