ILEB Recipient Rainbow Tree Lights Up University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital Tree Garden
ILEB Recipient Rainbow Tree Lights Up University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital
General News

The Recipient Rainbow Tree was created and decorated by the Family Services Program of Iowa Lions Eye Bank.











We are excited to share the gratitude for restored or enhanced sight experienced by our grateful cornea transplant recipients of all ages!  
Receiving the Gift of Sight through a cornea transplant allows the recipient to see more vibrant colors and details in the days and weeks following their transplant surgery.

The Recipient Rainbow Tree is adorned with rainbow themed ornaments and brightly colored decorations, along with colorful rainbow artwork created by several of our pediatric cornea recipient artists.












The Recipient Rainbow Tree exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of all eye, organ and tissue donors, acknowledges all those who facilitate donation and transplantation, and promotes awareness of the need for donors in Iowa and beyond. The Grove is a beautiful holiday tradition at University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital and is on display through January 23, 2020-located on the 1st floor of the hospital, just outside of Nick's Theatre. We invite and encourage you to visit the hospital and see The Recipient Rainbow Tree!

Special thanks to our four young artists (and their supportive parents) for creating their unique rainbow themed artwork displayed on the branches of the Recipient Rainbow Tree; Joseph, Kahler, Lillie and Claire are all cornea transplant recipients who underwent their transplant surgeries at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics at a very young age! 



Additional special thanks to our 2018 cornea transplant recipients of all ages who were invited to sponsor the variety of colorful rainbow ornaments that hang on the tree. Without their generous contributions and gratitude for their Gift of Sight, this beautiful Recipient Rainbow Tree would not have been possible! With their permission, we offer our sincere thanks to each of them:

Shelly H.

Patricia Bahnks

Kent Dauphin

Claire Hamilton

Patricia E. Ferguson


Dick Archer

Donald Landheer

Bonnie Ellis

Yvonne McCaw

The Anson Family

Mary L. Paulsgrove

Sue Steward

Vickie R. Kilmer

Janet Lott

P. Powers

Ron Hilliard

Michael J. Lane

Illa Jean Carson


David C.

Deanna "Sue" Barvinek

Frank Krudwig

Margaret Caylor

Mary Jo Hastings

Kevin Slayton

Barbara Bellamy

Charles Villhauer

Anita Garand

Laura L. Teel

Nina Musick

Becky Lutz

Greg Ball

Marie Pohl

JoDee Richardson

Rick Anderson

Connie Hendrick

A Thankful Recipient

Gerald Guenther

Judy Oehl

Charles E. Slack

Sue Parmentier

Debra Robinson

Edith Schroeder

Sandy Gehrmann

Patricia Ann Webb

Albert Pospisil

Paul Fagenbaum

Connie J. Gillilan