Give the Gift of Sight

Happy 2015!

National Eye Donor Month is here, so please help us celebrate.

The United States Congress annually designates March as National Eye Donor Month, and it is a great time to raise awareness about eye donation and cornea transplants. If you have been touched by eye, organ, or tissue donation or transplantation in any way, consider telling your story to others. With your help, more lives will be saved and more people will experience renewed hope.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

AJ

Eye Donor

Student, musician, beloved son, brother, and fiancé, AJ was diagnosed with alveolar soft part sarcoma, a rare cancer, at age 24. Despite a tremendous fight, he passed away in January 2009.  Photo of AJ

Growing up, AJ was familiar with the topics of donation and transplantation. His father, Brian, is a Minnesota Lions club member and a cornea recipient. Because generous cornea donors restored his dad's vision, AJ had made sure that "DONOR" was on his license.

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Brian

Cornea Transplant Recipient

Returning home from his first cornea transplant, Brian could for the first time see well enough to notice handprints all along the hallway wall, where night after night he'd been groping his way to bed.  Photo of Brian"I told my wife, 'We have to paint these!'"

Brian's transplants were career-saving, giving him 20/20 vision with contacts, and he started looking for ways to give back. "When you can't see and then suddenly you can, you want to help others."

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