Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley encourages and facilitates correspondence between donor families and cornea transplant recipients. To protect the confidentiality of both parties, LEBDV forwards cards and letters anonymously.

Writing to your loved one’s cornea recipient

As a donor family member, you may wish to communicate with the recipient(s) of your loved one’s corneas. Writing to the recipients can sometimes be a comfort, and many donor family members who write choose to share a bit of information about their loved one—his or her family, occupation, interests, etc.

Sending a “thank you” to your donor’s family

Any time is a good time to write. Many transplant recipients wish to send letters of gratitude to the families of their donor. Families often find comfort receiving these letters and feel positive about their decision to donate and leave a legacy of sight for others.

Mailing your card or letter

  • Place your card or letter in an unsealed envelope.
  • On a separate piece of paper, please include your contact information such as name, address, email and phone number so LEBDV can reach out with questions. Donor families should include the name of your loved one and the date of the donation. Recipients should include the date of their surgery/surgeon.
  • Place the letter and the paper in another envelope and seal it.

Mail to:
Donor Family/Recipient Services
Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley
401 N. 3rd Street
Suite 305
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Suggestions for writing

For recipients: Writing about yourself

  • Include first names only.
  • Do not reveal your address, city, phone number or the name of your physician.
  • Acknowledge the donor family’s loss and thank them for their gift.
  • Share information about your family, occupation, hobbies and all of the wonderful things you are able to do with restored sight.
  • Avoid sharing too much personal, religious and medical information.

For donor families: Writing about your loved one

  • Include first names only.
  • Do not reveal your address, city, phone number.
  • Share information about your loved one’s family, occupation, hobbies, interests and why your loved one was so special.
  • Avoid sharing too much personal, religious and medical information.