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Iowa Artist Receives Gift of Sight

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Sherry M. Erpelding is a bilateral cornea recipient who has been watercolor painting since her early high school years. Originally from Waterloo, IA, she and her husband of 52 years currently reside in the small central Iowa community of Baxter.

ILEB 2019 Impact Map

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Iowa Lions Eye Bank 2019 impact map visual

936 Iowans donated their eyes or corneas to Iowa Lions Eye Bank in 2019, resulting in 748 cornea transplants in 20 states along with Egypt and Swaziland.  Donated tissues was also used from many donors to continue our research efforts to 'Perfect the Transplant and Prevent the Transplant.'

Motorcycle Enthusiast Gives the Gift of Sight

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Donor Lee and wife

My husband Lee and I were very dedicated motorcycle riders; Lee lived for riding. He participated in many charity rides and benefits for every cause imaginable. He put his own ride together every year in honor of his grandson who has juvenile diabetes. This ride helped the family with the high costs of medication, doctor visits and transportation.

The Giving Tree Pays Tribute to UIHC's Donors and Their Families

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Giving Tree

The Giving Tree Reception and Ceremony was held the afternoon of December 5th, 2019 in the Atrium Lobby of UIHC.  Paying tribute to UIHC’s organ, eye and tissue donors of 2018, families were gathered together in remembrance of their loved ones during this special season of giving.  Several speakers provided testimonials and shared stories of heartbreak, inspiration and hope in honor

Two Iowa Football Fans are Grateful for Restored Vision

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Recipients Cal VanLoh (right) and Ian Lutz (left) with son

A mutual love of the University of Iowa Hawkeye football team isn't the only thing that Ian Lutz and Calvin "Cal" VanLoh have in common. They are also connected through the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, which provided the corneas for the recent transplant each received to help restore their sight.