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Why Register To Become a Donor?

Why be an Eye Donor?

Every year in the United States, more than 34,000 people have their sight restored through corneal transplantation and hundreds of thousands are helped through important research to find cures for other blinding diseases. In addition to the cornea, the sclera (white part of your eye) can also be used for ocular graft surgery in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. One eye donor can help up to 10 people through transplanted tissue. Today, cornea transplant surgery has a success rate that exceeds 95%.

Who can be an Eye Donor?

Anyone who wishes to donate may be an Eye Donor. Tissue used for transplants is primarily between the ages of 2 to 70, but any age tissue may be used for medical research or education.

Will the quality of medical treatment be affected if I choose to be a donor?

Absolutely not! There are many false myths about the quality of healthcare being affected by donation, and they are not true. Eye donation is a consideration only after death has been pronounced and documented. A donor card or decision to donate in no way plays a part in the treatment of any patient.

Is there a fee for donating?

No. There is no cost to you or your family for donating. Costs associated with cornea donations are covered by the Eye Bank.

Will eye donation affect the appearance of the donor?

In general, eye donation does not affect the appearance of the donor, nor does it deny the family the option of an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I want to be a donor?

  • Delaware residents can click here to access the on-line registry.
  • Pennsylvania residents can click here to access the on-line registry.
  • New Jersey residents can click here to access the on-line registry.You can also have a donor designation put on your driver's license, but the most important step in becoming a donor is talking to your family. Share your decision to donate with your family and find out what they think about donation.

News and Events (OLD)

 

For the most recent news from your eye bank, check out our latest issue of Eyebeam.

2015 Winter Cruise Announced

Do you want to set sail with the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley? Visit Cape Libery, NJ, Cape Canaveral, Nassau and Coco Cay on Royal Carribean's new SUPER SHIP, "The Quantum of the Seas"

CLICK HERE FOR MORE CRUISE INFORMATION! 

2014 Gift of Sight Charity Golf Classic

We are excited to host our 20th Annual Gift of Sight Charity Golf Tournament! Proceeds raised will directly benefit those who cannot afford a corna transplant. This year's tournament is being held Friday August 8, 2014 at the Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. 

We look forward to seeing you on the green!

Click the links for REGISTRATION and ADDITIONAL INFORMATION!


2013 PID Gene S. Polgar Fellowship Brunchpid award

The Annual Fellowship Brunch will be held on November 17, 2013 at The Yardley Inn in Yardley, PA. All Fellows are invited to attend the celebration, for more information please contact the eye bank.

Click here to view photos from last year's event.

LEBDV Helps Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia Recycle Eyeglasses

 
CHOP

"It was serendipitous," says Ivy Fenton Kuhn, Nurse Practitioner at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Pediatric Ophthalmology Department.

Ivy was describing her good fortune in placing a call to the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley. She wanted to hold a collection drive for discarded eyeglasses after reading a magazine article about the vision needs of children around the globe. Her colleague, Amanda Fonash, an Ambulatory Social Worker, recalls how she and Ivy discovered long ago that they had a shared interest in the same project.  After recently finding an old pair of eyeglasses at home, Amanda decided, "Now is a good time to implement our idea."

Ivy thought she was calling a Lions Club to get information on how to obtain collection boxes. Instead, she dialed LEBDV where a number of staffers are members of Lions Clubs. They thought it would be a great idea to donate collection boxes to the CHOP initiative.  Jim Quirk, President and Chief Operating Officer of LEBDV, knows the importance of eyeglass recycling.  A Lion for over a decade, Jim's Club regularly donates glasses. "After learning about their passion for the project and how it aligned with our relationship with Lionism - we were founded by Lions -- we wanted to help CHOP raise awareness as well as increase eyeglass donation." 

Ivy thoughtfully says, "Just knowing that someone will be able to see because of this project is a good feeling and an extension of what we do here at CHOP."

The CHOP eyeglass recycling initiative is in high gear and will end December 1st.

To learn more about eyeglass recycling, please visit www.njlerc.org

 
 

Get Involved! Help Give the Gift of Sight

The Lion's Eye Bank of Delaware Valley helps hundreds of people have their sight restored through corneal transplantation each year. You can help us give the gift of sight in a number of different ways.


Become an Eye Donor

One eye donor can help up to 10 people through transplanted tissue.

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Give to the Lion's Eye Bank of Delaware Valley

We have many giving opportunities available, whether you want to make a cash donation today or leave a legacy gift through one of our dedicate funds.

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Attend a Fundraiser or Other Event

You can show your support by joining your peers at one of our events.

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What do I do if I want to be a donor?

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Delaware residents can click here to access the on-line registry. Pennsylvania residents can click here to access the on-line registry. New Jersey residents can click here to access the on-line registry.

 

 

Giving Opportunities

You can help give the Gift of Sight by supporting the Lion's Eye Bank of Delaware in a number of different ways. If you or your organization would like to offer a cash contribution, simply make your check payable to the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley. Mail your check to the Eye Bank at: 401 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. You can also give now using your credit card; simply click the "Donate" button below to donate via Paypal or call us at 1-800-743-6667 to donate by phone using your credit card.

Please call the Eye Bank at 1-800-743-6667 if you have any questions about the giving options below.

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The Endowment Fund

A Gene Polgar Fellowship is the highest honor of the Endowment Fund. When an individual or group donates $1,000 or more, they are presented with a lapel pin, an inscribed crystal award that recognizes them as a PID Gene Polgar Fellow and an inscription on a plaque prominently displayed in the Eye Bank’s office entry foyer. Fellows may extend their commitment to the Eye Bank by becoming a Progressive Fellow.

Also, the Endowment Fund receives the proceeds from the sale of Lions Club Pins. If you know a pin trader or collector who would like to donate new or inactive pins, please refer them to the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley. The Eye Bank is represented at Lions Clubs International Trading Pin Club (LCITPC) events.

The Giving Tree Fund

Create a tribute or memorial. Consider contributing to the Giving Tree Fund and have the donation recognized in a choice of inscriptions. The tree is adorned with leaves of bronze ($200 donation), silver ($300 donation) and gold ($500 donation) and beautiful, large faux stones ($1000 donation). The Giving Tree is a permanent fixture prominently displayed in the Eye Bank’s foyer.

Life Membership

A non-transferrable life membership is granted to any individual who makes a contribution of $100 or more. Life members receive an embossed membership card and gold lapel pin.

Memorials

Funds may be donated to the Eye Bank in memory of deceased relatives and friends. Memorial donations provide the opportunity to remember loved ones in a meaningful way.

Planned Giving

Individuals provide charitable gifts to the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley in many ways. The manner of donation by any individual depends upon their desires and goals relative to charity giving in view of their personal financial, tax and estate planning strategies. Your appropriate financial/tax advisor(s) can explain the benefits of donating:

  • Appreciated Property (Real Estate, Stock and Securities)
  • Personal Property or Other Assets (Art, Antiques, Artifacts, Jewelry, Stamps, etc.)
  • Planned Giving (Estate/Will Charitable Bequests, Charitable Gifts/Trusts)
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