With your selfless donation, we were able to restore sight to at least two individuals. As the Legal Next of Kin of an eye donor, you may wish to write a heartfelt letter for the recipient(s) who received your loved one’s corneas. Families that wish to write to the recipient may find comfort in talking about their loved ones and the significance they made in their lives. Please note that this is a private and personal decision; the recipients may or may not respond with another letter. The San Diego Eye Bank forwards these letters without identifying information to protect the privacy of donor families and recipients. This guide might help you through the process if you choose to write a heartfelt letter to the recipient.
Suggestions of what you may want to include:
Your relationship to the donor
The donor’s occupation
The donor’s hobbies, interests, characteristics, personality
The donor’s City/State of residence
About the donor’s survivors: i.e., Children, grandchildren, siblings
What you loved about your loved one
Any other details you may want to share about your loved one
Please do not include any identifying information such as:
Your last name, date of birth, or address
Your phone number or email address
Your loved one’s last name, date of birth, or address
Facility or location of where your loved one passed away
The exact date of your loved one’s death (you may add the month and year)
Facility or location of where you’re loved one worked
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
Your loved one’s full name and date of birth
Your loved one’s date of death
Please include the enclosed Release Form for Authorization if you would like to share your story with others and exemplify the selfless act kindness of donors and their families 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
SAN DIEGO EYE BANK
Dedicated to restoring sight around the world
Committed to best patient outcomes
Functional Always active
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