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

Cayd Allen Sapp (March 19, 1993 - April 14, 2014)

On April 14th of 2014, 21-year-old Cayd Allen Sapp died unexpectedly in the emergency room at a Waterloo hospital. Cayd was a registered donor in Iowa and his grieving parents supported his decision to donate his corneas and tissues to provide sight and enhanced life to others in need.

When talking with Cayd’s mother Leslie about the cornea recipients who benefitted from her son’s generosity, she said, “He had the warmest brown eyes that would melt a stranger’s heart. You could see true sincerity in Cayd’s eyes.” She lovingly described her son as “a very unique, kind, generous, quirky, thoughtful, down-to-earth, handsome young man who loved his large family unconditionally.”

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