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ILEB 2020 Impact Map

General News

Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, Iowa Lions Eye Bank was able to restore sight to 652 individuals through the generous gift of cornea donation from 790 Iowans in 2020! Click HERE to view the full size image.

Coe College Student Gives Gift of Sight

Every Life Has a Story

Chloe was born with type 1 diabetes, but our sweet girl never let that get in the way of her dreams and aspirations in life. She was very smart, sweet and silly, in addition to being a talented and beautiful singer.

Veteran Gives the Gift of Sight

Every Life Has a Story

Ralph R. Carlson was born in Indiana in 1954. He graduated from high school in 1973 in Iowa and enrolled in the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam War era. He was employed as an IT technician for many years and enjoyed all things involving technology (IT) and computers. His other interests included watching movies, going to the casino, and construction.

Sisters' Journey to Restored Sight

Gift of Sight

Sisters share many experiences as they venture through life as siblings, but very few can say they received a corneal transplant together—twice! For sisters Rebecca (Becky) Eddy and Roberta (Bobbi) Daggett of Winterset—both diagnosed with Fuchs' Corneal Dystrophy, both patients of Dr.

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.