Writing to Your Loved One’s Ocular Tissue Recipient
Helpful Guidelines from Southern Eye Bank
Southern Eye Bank, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1947. Our mission is to recover, evaluate and distribute ocular tissue to those in need. Because of the generosity of eye donor’s from southern Louisiana, over 700 people from Louisiana received a sight-restoring corneal transplant last year.
As you heal from the loss of your loved one, the corneal transplant recipient is healing as well. Donor Families are welcomed to write to their loved one’s corneal tissue recipient if they choose to do so. Many Donor Families find comfort in knowing that their loved one has provided an amazing gift…The Gift of Sight.
The decision to write to your loved one’s tissue recipient is a personal one. There is no obligation to write. Southern Eye Bank encourages and supports correspondence and requests that you follow these simple guidelines if you wish to send a letter to your loved one’s tissue recipient.
The guidelines follow:
*** The donor and recipient must remain anonymous. Please do not use last-names.
*** Please write your name as well as the name of your loved one and approximate date of death on a separate sticky-note or piece of paper along with your letter. This will allow us to forward the letter to the correct recipient without exposing your identity.
*** All correspondence received is regarded highly confidential and will only be utilized by Southern Eye Bank personnel.
Please do not hesitate to call upon us if you should have any questions.
Correspondence should be mailed to the following address:Southern Eye Bank’s Development Department 2701 Kingman Street Ste 200 Metairie, LA 70006