Write to Transplant Recipient

Choosing to write a transplant recipient is a personal decision. For some donor families, this communication can be a helpful part of the grieving process. Transplant recipients are grateful for the gift of sight and some want to communicate their appreciation. Lone Star Lions Eye Bank will facilitate any communication a donor family wishes to have, as long as the guidelines below are respected. Any communication mailed to the Eye Bank will remain confidential. Our policy is to forward communication directed to a transplant recipient to their surgeon, who then decides if the patient is ready to have that contact directly.

Suggestions for what to include in your letter:

  • Your loved one’s first name only
  • Your loved one’s job or occupation
  • Your loved one’s hobbies or interests
  • Your loved one’s family situation, such as spouse, children, or grandchildren
  • Before making religious comments, please consider that their beliefs are unknown to you

Please keep identities anonymous and confidential. Avoid using last names, street addresses, city names, phone numbers, or names of hospitals and physicians.

Please place your letter or card in an unsealed envelope. Include a separate piece of paper with your full name, the name of your loved one and the date and city of their death. Mail both your card or letter and the separate note to:

Lone Star Lions Eye Bank
P.O. Box 347
Manor, Texas 78653

All letters are reviewed for confidentiality before being forwarded to the surgeon. Please understand that a response to your letter is a personal decision by the transplant recipient, and therefore we cannot guarantee a response.