For 32 years, EBAA and its member eye banks have utilized National Eye Donor Month (NEDM) to raise eye donation awareness, honor donors and their families and celebrate cornea recipients. The invaluable efforts of eye banks and corneal surgeons to restore sight worldwide are also highlighted during NEDM. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Eye Donor Month, and since then, a member of Congress has read a proclamation into the Congressional Record to note this special occasion.
EBAA provides its members with a plethora of materials to support the various events, activities and programs they sponsor in honor of NEDM. EBAA developed tools for member use, including:
EBAA also uses Facebook and Twitter (as seen in the “News Feed” on the homepage of this website) to spread the word about the effects of eye donation and cornea transplantation. In addition to the above-mentioned resources, EBAA also offers for use the 2012 public service announcement featuring John Green, father of 2011 Tucson shooting victim, Christina-Taylor Green. As a result of Mr. and Mrs. Green’s selfless decision to donate Christina-Taylor’s corneas, two young children’s sight was restored.
To parallel the diligence of member eye banks in sponsoring events for National Eye Donor Month, EBAA has spearheaded the “Through My Eyes” Art contest for the past two years. This contest gives cornea recipients and donor family members the chance to share their experience of receiving sight or giving sight through their loved one. For more information, please visit the “Through My Eyes” Contest sub-page.
If you have questions about the NEDM commemoration, please contact EBAA Manager of Communications, Patricia Hardy.