IOWA LIONS DONOR MEMORIAL & HEALING GARDEN
For more than 60 years, the Iowa Lions Eye Bank has enjoyed a special relationship with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in helping to provide the gift of sight for Iowans. To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, the Iowa Lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden was created at the new front entrance of UIHC and dedicated on October 10, 2005. The theme of the memorial is Hope, Renewal, and Transformation. Designed by Lisbon Artist Tim Ellsworth and Country Landscapes Designer Alex Schmidt, the donor memorial and healing garden commemorates donors who have transformed lives through their generosity as well as Iowa Lions and others who have supported the work of donation.
Besides serving as a tribute to donors, the memorial carries a message of hope and renewal through academic medicine and the promise of research at UIHC. The memorial is intended to serve as a place of reflection for visitors, patients, staff, and students that will inspire all who go there. Finally, the tribute is meant to inform and encourage future donors who may one day also choose to give the gift of sight and life, and whose selflessness will mean a brighter future for many Iowans.