Writing a letter to a

Donor Family

Guidelines for Writing to a Family

As a Corneal Recipient, you may write a letter of gratitude to the donor family who gifted your cornea. You may also receive a letter or other correspondence from the donor family. The San Diego Eye Bank forwards these letters without identifying information to protect the privacy of donor families and recipients. Please note that this is a private and personal decision. You or the donor family may or may not decide to respond. This guide is intended to help you through the process if you choose to write a heartfelt letter.

Suggestions of what you may want to include:

  • Details about your transplant or your ocular diagnosis
  • Why you needed a transplant
  • What your eyesight was like before your transplant
  • How your blindness affected your life
  • How your transplant changed or improved your life
  • City and state of residence
  • Occupation, hobbies, interests, personality traits
  • Family details such as spouse, children, grandchildren, parents
  • Anything that you feel comfortable sharing with your donor family 

Please do not include any identifying information such as:

  • Your doctor’s name or facility of transplant
  • Your last name, date of birth, or address
  • Details or location of your exact place of work
  • Your phone number or email address

Closing the Letter: Sign your first name only. Place the letter in an unsealed envelope and do not address it.

On a separate sheet of paper, please include:

  • Your full name, mailing address, and telephone number.
  • Facility and name of the doctor who performed your corneal transplant
  • Date of transplant

    Please include the enclosed Release Form for Authorization if you would like to share your story with others and exemplify recipient gratitude in future SDEB electronic and printed materials.

    Place your letter, the paper with your information, and release form in an envelope addressed to:

    San Diego Eye Bank
    Attn: Family Services
    3870 Murphy Canyon Rd. Suite 250
    San Diego, CA 92123


    Dedicated to restoring sight around the world

    Committed to best patient outcomes