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Success Story – Debra, Donor Family

“I just wanted to share about my husband, Jim. He passed away on June 11, 2021 and his eyes were donated through your organization. His heart valves, arteries and skin grafts were also donated. Jim was a wonderful, loving, attentive husband of 42 years. He loved our three children, J.D. (41), Jennifer (39) and Jeremy (36) and also our five grandchildren, Jacy (19), Jacob (17), Jordan (16), Jackson (15) and Savannah (14). He would do anything for his family and friends. He was a very caring and giving individual and was always busy doing something, even though he was always in pain from a back injury he had received back in 2007. We loved him dearly and miss him so much, but we know that he is in a better place up with his Heavenly Father. He has a new body and is not in pain anymore.”

– Debra, wife of donor Jim Donavon Hartman

Success Story – Sandra, Donor Family

“Here is a little bit about Courtney.

Courtney was always striving to be the best and enjoy life to its fullest. She was valedictorian and graduated top of her class in nursing school. She absolutely loved her job as a labor and delivery nurse. She even had to deliver a few babies on her own.

She loved life cliche as it is, she did everything she could from jumping out of plains to hiking the mountains and planning a trip to Africa.

She believed in helping and giving all she could. So there wasn’t even a hesitation when asked if her corneas were available. I sincerely hope that her donation has made someone be able to enjoy life to its fullest. I hope they see all the world has to offer or just enjoy family. Her family and friends meant the world to her and she wanted everyone to be happy!

We are missing her more than words can say but knowing she was able to help someone see brings us a small amount of peace.”

– Sandra, mother of donor Courtney Whaley

Success Story – Sharon, Donor Family

Photo of Donor, Herman Washington“Herman was a husband for 51 years, a father to our daughter Wendy but his blessing from God was that 30 years ago he received a heart transplant here in Austin thru Seton Heart Transplant Program. After receiving the transplant, he donated his heart valves. At the time of his passing he was the longest living transplant recipient in this program. Thirty years later, he donated his corneas.”

– Sharon, wife of donor Herman Washington

November is Eye Donation Month!

Eye Donation Month is held each November to help bring awareness to the importance of eye donation. All month long, Miracles In Sight, (with the help of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)) will help generate awareness about the need for eye donation, common misconceptions about the process, and life-changing opportunities that are created when recipients regain their sight through corneal transplants. This year, the theme is “A Community of Compassion”– the many people working together in various roles, driven by collective passion to #restoresight. The intention is to inspire individuals to register as donors, and highlight the mission of EBAA member eye banks to #restoresight worldwide.

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