Contacting the Donor/Recipient 2017-04-25T14:00:00+00:00

Writing to Donor Families

The decision to communicate with your donor’s family is a very personal one. Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin (LEBW) will respect and support your decision. It may help to know that many families are grateful for communication they receive from the recipient of their loved one’s gift of sight.

 

Should you decide that writing to your donor’s family is right for you, we’re honored to help facilitate that process. The first step is to write a letter/card anonymously through the LEBW office. These directions will help guide you through this process:

  • Write about information that you feel comfortable sharing. This may include describing your interests, occupation, or other information about you and your family.
  • Write about your transplant experience. You may want to describe your life before transplant and the impact it has made.
  • You may wish to thank your donor family and express your sympathies for their loss.
  • You may identify yourself by your first name and include photos, if desired. To maintain confidentiality, please do not include other identifying information in your letter such as last name, address, email, etc.
  • Include a separate sheet of paper with your full name, date of transplant, and surgeon’s name. This information is necessary for identification purposes only and will not be shared with the donor’s family. Send both of these items to LEBW via US mail or email to:

The Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin

c/o Family Services

2401 American Lane

Madison, WI 53704

lbraund@lebw.org

 

After exchanging at least one letter between you and your donor’s family, there are options for direct communication.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Family Services at 608-233-2354 ext. 250.

Writing to Corneal Transplant Recipients

The decision to communicate with a cornea transplant recipient is a very personal one. Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin (LEBW) will respect and support your decision. Often times, recipients are grateful for communication they receive from their donor’s family.

Should you decide to write to the recipient, we’re honored to help facilitate that process. The first step is to write a letter/card anonymously through the LEBW office. These directions will help guide you through this process:

  • Write about information that you feel comfortable sharing. This may include describing your loved one’s personality, interests, occupation, or information about you and your family.
  • You may identify your loved one by his/her first name and include photos, if desired. To maintain confidentiality, please do not include other identifying information in your letter such as your last name, address, email, etc.
  • Include a separate sheet of paper with your loved one’s full name and date of donation. This information is necessary for identification purposes only and will not be shared with the recipient. Send both of these items to LEBW via US mail or email to:

The Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin

c/o Family Services

2401 American Lane

Madison, WI 53704

lbraund@lebw.org

After exchanging at least one letter between you and your loved one’s recipients, there are options for direct communication.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Family Services at 608-233-2354 ext. 250.