Celebration of Hope & Renewal

The 2023 Iowa Lions Eye Bank Celebration of Hope & Renewal took place on Thursday, May 18, in the Iowa Lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden. The Iowa Lions Donor Memorial & Healing Garden honors and celebrates the gifts given by Iowa families and the work of all who facilitate and support the donation and transplantation process.

The theme of the memorial is Hope, Renewal, and Transformation, and commemorates those who have transformed lives through their generosity and courage, as well as Iowa Lions and others who have supported the work of donation.

At the 2023 event we heard from multiple speakers, including Esther Baker, MA, MBA, executive director of ILEB, Dr. Mark Greiner, M.D., medical director of ILEB, gift of sight recipients and sisters Rebecca Eddy and Roberta Daggett, and Sue Brennan, mother of donor Joshua Brennan.  Vocalist Janessa Carr, mother of donor Harper Leah, sang "Tears in Heaven," accompanied by Michael Mead on guitar.

Click here to watch the video of the 2023 event!