Annual Events & Observances
Eye Donation Month
For 35 years, EBAA and its member eye banks have utilized this commemoration to raise eye donation awareness, honor donors and their families and celebrate cornea recipients.
Run for Vision
Since 1986, EBAA has hosted the Run for Vision, a 5K race that raises public awareness about cornea donation and transplantation. The Run, held in conjunction with EBAA’s Fall Leadership Conference, attracts hundreds of eye bankers, physicians, cornea recipients and donor family members, as well as interested members of the public.
Since its inception, the Run has been underwritten by Bausch + Lomb, which ensures that ever dollar contributed to the Run can be used to further our shared mission to restore sight.
National Minority Donor Awareness Month
August is National Minority Donor Awareness Month (NMDAM). Its purpose is to save and improve the quality of life for diverse communities by creating a positive culture for eye, organ, and tissue donation.
National Donor Sabbath
National Donor Sabbath weekend is an interfaith initiative where organ recovery organizations, eye banks and tissue banks work with those in the faith community to increase donation awareness.
National Donate Life Month
Donate Life America (DLA) has headlined the National Donate Life Month celebration since 2003. In conjunction with DLA, the nation’s eye banks, tissue banks, organ procurement organizations and other transplant groups celebrate this occasion annually in April, to acknowledge the extraordinary generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors and their families, and to encourage fellow Americans to follow their example by registering as a donor.
EBAA Annual Meeting
The EBAA Annual Meeting takes place each year, typically in June, and changes locations rotating through different regions of the country. Considered the “educational and networking event of the year,” it brings together hundreds of eye bank professionals and corneal surgeons for four days of sessions and activities designed to enhance attendees’ eye banking careers, connect with colleagues, and recommit to the EBAA mission to #RestoreSight worldwide. The 2023 EBAA Annual Meeting is being held in Dallas, followed by Kansas City, MO, in 2024, and San Diego in 2025.