The Iowa Lions

Iowa Lions Eye Bank is extremely proud of our close relationship with the Iowa Lions as we work together to restore and preserve sight. The Iowa Lions support ILEB in a variety of ways including a volunteer transport system that has become an integral part of ILEB’s laboratory operations.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs. During an address to the Lions Clubs International in 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since that time, Lions Clubs International has worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired.

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Who Can Be a Donor?

Anyone can. The great thing about corneal tissue is that everyone is a universal donor. Your blood type does not have to match. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what color your eyes are or how good your eyesight is. Aside from those suffering from infections or a few highly communicable diseases such as HIV or hepatitis, most people are suitable donors.

Every Life Has A Story

David E. McCue (October 16, 1974 - Novenmber 26, 2013)

David E. McCue lived his entire life in a small town community in southwest Iowa. He celebrated his 39th birthday just one month before his tragic death. David enjoyed working on cars, trading and buying vehicles, and riding his Harley. As a young boy, he loved spending time with his grandparents—camping, fishing and playing games. He enjoyed swimming at the Shenandoah pool where he was affectionately known as “Diamond Dave”. He was currently working for a redemption center in Red Oak and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. His mother fondly remembers that “he always had a smile on his face”. David was a kind person who was forever willing to help others; even to the level of helping countless people after his death through cornea and tissue donation. “What a gift you were, what a gift you gave” will be inscribed on his memorial paver within the Iowa Lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden at UIHC; purchased with funds raised by his friends and family, to be dedicated at the Annual Dedication Ceremony in October of 2015.

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News and Events

5 Jun

This time of year everyone is thinking about Spring and warm weather. As Lions of Iowa we can start thinking about the Iowa Lions State Convention!! Plan on joining in on all the fun June 5-6, 2015.




23 Jun

Swing for sight with Tim Dwight! (Photos with Tim on Hole #13) Join Us! We promise this will be an enjoyable event that will benefit Iowans.




8 Oct

SAVE THE DATE…The Annual Spring Dedication Ceremony will be held October 8, 2015 in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Iowa Lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden at UIHC...



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