The Indiana Lions Eye Bank is a non-profit corporation committed to helping those in need of eye transplantations. We are the largest eye bank in the state and have been providing eye tissue for transplant since 1959.
A State Project of the Lions of Indiana, we are headquartered in Indianapolis providing a full range of transplant services throughout the state.
Every year, with the assistance of our dedicated partners we help countless people regain their sight.
"Since 1959, the Indiana Lions Eye & Tissue Transplant Bank has helped over 30 thousand individuals regain their vision through cornea transplants."
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2016 Circle of Life Event Photos
2016 Circle of Life Event
Our 2016 Circle of Life Celebration was held on September 24, 2016. This event is held annually to honor donors and their families from the previous year. We invite the families to celebrate their loved one and the life-changing gift that they gave. Attendees have the opportunity to interact with each other, share their story, and also meet employees of the Eye Bank. Over 350 people attended this year’s event.
Two guest speakers spoke of their unique experiences. Susan Colias, our first speaker, shared her remarkable story of having two corneal transplants and told of how much her life has changed and how she now fully appreciates her ability to see her grandchildren. Our second speaker, Erin Butler, spoke of her son, Luke, who was a cornea donor 5 years ago. She said that she was comforted knowing he lives on through donation.
The event closed with a candle-lighting ceremony to reflect on the gift of sight these donors generously gave to others.
Click here to view and download photos from the event:
2016 Circle of Life Photos
April Is National Donate Life Month!
National Donate Life Month (NDLM) was instituted by Donate Life America and its partnering organizations in 2003. Celebrated in April each year, NDLM features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. The 2016 NDLM artwork was inspired by the mighty sunflower. It’s difficult to overlook their stature and bright color. Often found in fields, they stand confident, sheltering each other and following the light throughout their lives.
Look a little closer and you will notice that one sunflower’s face contains as many as 2,000 seeds. With these, it has the potential to create an entirely new field of flowers. We each have a similar potential to give life when we register our decision to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. Just as a new field of sunflowers brings comfort and happiness to those that come into contact with it, so does a loved one’s gift of donation to his or her family and friends.
Through life and its struggles, the sunflower reminds us to lean on each other and embrace the life-giving aspects of our lives. It reminds us to live with joy, to focus on the light even during difficult times, and to give freely to save the lives of others when we are gone.
Blue & Green Photo Contest – You could win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
Show your creativity in blue & green Donate Life colors! Send in your best blue & green photo to Facebook.com/DonateLife starting Friday, April 15 through Tuesday, April 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET, in one of six categories:
Community Choice Award: Like your favorite photos submitted for the contest from April 15 through April 21, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The photo with the most Likes will be the Community Choice Award winner!
The Best of Each Category: The winner of each category will be selected by a panel of Donate Life America judges and announced – with the Community Choice Award winner – on Tues., April 26. The winner from each category will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card!
Beacon Donor Memorial Service
Last night we had the honor of taking part in the Beacon Donor Memorial Service, honoring those who had become organ, eye and tissue donors in the last two years from Memorial Hospital of South Bend and Elkhart General Hospital. It was a beautiful and touching evening, and we thank all of the families who supported the decision for their loved one to be a donor. They will never know how wide and deep of an impact they have made in the lives of others.