Lions District 2-E2 Organ and Eye Bank
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Each spring, a very special gathering takes place at the Ft. Worth Botanic Garden to celebrate the gift of life by tissue and organ donors to local recipients. This special remembrance ceremony is planned, coordinated and conducted by Southwest University Transplant Services Center and the Lions from District 2E2. This year it was held on April 16 at 9:00AM at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden near the Lions "Rose Garden” bench and flowers.
Dignitaries included Mrs Ellen Heck, Direct of SWTransplant Service Center and PDG, Suzanne Henderson. We were also represented by DG Bob Carlson, and District Chaplain, PDG Bob Mitchell, and 1VDG Tom Hayford and several board members from the LOEB. This year’s LOEB Lion-Chair was PDG David Schneider. Nearly 120 family members of recent donors and recipients. We met a young boy who was born with a vision problem that required multiple surgeries and an initial cornea transplant. His parents told of their difficult journey for the medical procedures that was to go through. They also thanked the donor community for changing their son’s life. He now can interact with the world, recognize his family and toys.
What we do
The Organ & Eye Bank has many and various functions to help others:
We conduct Annual White Cane activities to raise funds for the prevention of blindness and loss of vision. White Cane funds are critical to the ongoing success of the Organ and Eye Bank.
Established a Vision Assistance Fund to provide financial assistance to those who need eye surgeries, cornea transplants, and other vision related assistance and who cannot otherwise afford the proper care.
We maintain ongoing relationship with UT Southwestern Transplant Services for the advancement of soft tissue transplants. We work to establish new vision clinics throughout District 2-E2.
We provide a Mobile Vision Clinic to the district, which can give basic eye examinations to areas not serviced by optical businesses, or where there is an economic challenge. We utilize a Mobile Vision Clinic for educational purposes throughout the district.
We constructed a memorial Rose Garden in the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens to honor donor and recipient families of transplant services.
We award scholarships to high school students who are winners of the Diabetic Essay Contest, which draws attention to the fact that diabetes can lead to blindness.