Commemorations and Observances

EBAA celebrates and observes events with other transplant organizations throughout the year that provide education on eye donation and cornea transplants, honor selfless donors and their families, and recognize recipients whose lives are changed through the gift of sight. Sight restoration is only made possible through donors and their families, the tireless efforts of eye bankers and corneal surgeons, and all parties who work with this community to ensure quality, safe ocular tissue for transplantation and research.

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 Donate Life Month

In conjunction with eye banks, organ procurement organizations, and other transplant organizations, Donate Life America (DLA) celebrates this occasion annually in April, acknowledging the generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors and their families, and encouraging fellow Americans to follow their example by registering as a donor.

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.