In April of 2010 my husband was kidnapped and murdered by a complete stranger. My Tom was an organ donor, but because he was a victim of a violent crime, he had to be autopsied, meaning I could donate his eyes, but not his organs. I ran across the letter yesterday...the one thanking me and telling me that my Tom gave sight to two people. You have no idea how much comfort I have from this one gift.
What an amazing place to work! The ability to restore sight is truly miraculous and I'm forever grateful to play a small part in that.
Our son (61/2) donated his corneas. He loved to read! Comforting to know that perhaps someone is reading because of his belief in donation! Yes....he was a supporter. We had talked about it when he turned 6 and there was a program on about organ/tissue donation! He truly understood and could not figure out why anyone wouldn't donate!
I've worked side-by-side with the Michigan Eye-Bank for almost a dozen years. They impress me with their level of commitment to the people they serve - the Eye-Bank doesn't just speak to community members, they are part of the community. In addition to helping restore vision, they work to prevent the need for their own services by encouraging health and safety in regards to people's eyes. Remarkable!
I feel that donating to this non-profit was an excellent choice. I know that the Michigan Eye-Bank makes such a difference in the lives of so many people. This organization was able to provide the gift of sight to nearly 1,000 Michigan residents last year alone. But they don't stop there, they also provide tissue all across the United States and even Internationally, improving lives worldwide! What a wonderful cause to donate to!