Every Life Has a Story

The process of corneal transplantation would not be possible without the selfless act of donation, and through donation, a life becomes a legacy.

The staff of the Iowa Lions Eye Bank passionately serves to facilitate donation and to recognize our beloved donors and their families. It is our hope that in sharing the following personal stories and sentiments, we will provide comfort, inspiration and encouragement to the families and friends of our generous cornea and eye donors.

Each of our donor families has a unique and valuable story to share about their loved one. Submit your donor story here.

Colton Meyer was born four days after Christmas in 2010. Colton was a beautiful little boy, full of energy, who loved sharing smiles and hugs with everyone he met.
After courageously battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia for several years, Joel David Higgins of Ames, IA died at 32 years of age.
Danny Hunziker was born in Brookfield, Missouri and was a graduate of Brookfield High School. Dan loved spending time with his three children and several grandchildren.

Honoring the Gift

The staff at Iowa Lions Eye Bank embraces a sincere desire to exemplify and honor the final and altruistic gift from one life to another.

In the months following the death of a loved one, donor families receive a bereavement packet from ILEB detailing a variety of memorial opportunities. Donor families are also invited to attend the Celebration of Hope & Renewal, an event honoring organ, eye, and tissue donors and recipients and those who support the work of donation, which is held within the Iowa Lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden.

Learn more about memorial opportunities


Corresponding with transplant recipients

Choosing to write to your loved one’s transplant recipient(s) is a very personal decision. For some donor families, writing a letter to recipients about their loved one’s life and family or sending a card can help them in their grieving process.

Learn more about writing to transplant recipients