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Young Car Enthusiast Gives Gifts of Life and Sight

Every Life Has a Story

My son Chase was only 16 years old when he was killed in a car accident, along with his 15 year old girlfriend Katilynn, on November 22, 2020. Chase was a very outgoing, loving person who would do anything to help anyone he could. He loved cars, motorcycles, and BMX bike riding with his friends. He was a smart boy who could fix anything and loved working on cars.

Talented Artist Receives Gift of Sight

Gift of Sight

Sherry’s artistic talents were first recognized in grade school when she entered and, to her surprise, won a city-wide poster contest. Due to a genetic visual impairment, she never imagined herself being proficient in the field of art; in a young life filled with disability and criticism, she felt “unworthy” of talent or success.

Air Force Veteran Gives Gift of Sight

Every Life Has a Story

As we reflect on our Iowa eye donors during Eye Donation Month 2020 (November), we take time to commemorate Veterans Day and honor the military service of those altruistic eye donors who also served our country.

ILEB Student Researcher Spreads Joy and Education to Pediatric Patients

General News

Iowa Lions Eye Bank is proud to have Kenten Kingsbury on our research team as part of a 12-week summer research fellowship with Dr. Mark Greiner, ILEB Medical Director, as his mentor. Kingsbury has completed his first year of medical school at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

Gifted Student Gives Gift of Sight

Every Life Has a Story

Amanda Wilken was a vibrant, driven, and brilliant student with a great sense of humor and lots of friends. Amanda grew up and attended school in Norwalk, Iowa, and graduated with honors in 2013.

Iowa Artist Receives Gift of Sight

Gift of Sight

Sherry M. Erpelding is a bilateral cornea recipient who has been watercolor painting since her early high school years. Originally from Waterloo, IA, she and her husband of 52 years currently reside in the small central Iowa community of Baxter.