2018 ILEB Celebration of Hope & Renewal

ILEB’s annual Celebration of Hope & Renewal took place on May 24th, 2018 at the Iowa Lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. This memorial honors those who have transformed lives through their generosity and courage as well as the Iowa Lions and others who have supported the work of donation.

The words of our keynote speakers touched the hearts of everyone in attendance.

Kelly Poch speaking
Kelly Poch, RN, spoke about her experience working with donor and recipient families, and the incredible impact that these patients and families have had on her and her career.
Dennis Petterson speaking
Dennis Peterson, Gift of Sight Recipient, shared his story of receiving a cornea from a 17-year-old donor, Mariah Marshall, after she lost her life in a tragic car accident. Dennis has established a great relationship with Mariah’s mother, and both have found great comfort in honoring Mariah’s life and story together.
Kathryn Charter speaking
Kathryn Charter honored the lives of her brother and sister-in-law, John and Katie Milleman, by sharing their story of donation following their untimely deaths in a car accident while on their way home to celebrate their first wedding anniversary with their families.

Two commemorative pavers and a bench were also dedicated to the garden during the event.

Dean and Janice Vavra
Dean and Janice Vavra donated a paver in honor of Dean’s mother, Ferne G. Vavra.
Shelva Jean Hasler paver
Cook Medical donated a paver in honor of Shelva Jean Hasler.
Kristie Brown Cole bench dedication
Donald Cole and Delmar and Susie Brown donated a bench to the garden in honor of Kristie Brown Cole.

Thank you to everyone who joined us in honoring our donors, recipients, and all who support donation.