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Transplant Games of America

Minnesota Lions Eye Bank is helping sponsor Team MNDak, a group of recipients, donor families, and donation supporters from Minnesota and North Dakota at the upcoming Transplant Games of America.

The Transplant Games help raise awareness of the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation, and are being held in Houston, Texas, July 1-15.

The eye bank is sponsoring Mary Gorzycki, mother of eye donor John Caouette, to attend the games, and we wish both participants and supporters the best of fortune in Houston.

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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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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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