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Writing to Transplant Recipients and their Families

The decision to write to transplant recipients is a very personal one. Sometimes, donor families choose to write to transplant recipients and their families to share information about themselves and their loved one. For some donor families, this sharing with the transplant recipient helps them in their grieving process. 

You can choose whether you would like to write the recipient or not. The Lions Eye Bak of Nebraska facilitates written correspondence between transplant recipients and donor families. All correspondence is completely anonymous and identities are kept confidential. 

If you would like to write to the transplant recipients, you may send a card or letter. 

Information You May Want to Include

Provide General Information:

  • Your loved one’s relationship to you. 
  • Their job or occupation. 
  • Their hobbies or interests. 
  • The state in which you live. 
  • Your family situation such as marital status, children or grandchildren. 
  • Since the religion of the transplant recipient is unknown, please consider this if making religious comments. 

Closing your card or letter:

  • Sign “Donor Family” 
  • Do not reveal your address, city or phone number. 
  • Do not reveal the name of the hospital.

Mailing your card or letter:

  • Place in an unsealed envelope. 
  • Include in the mailing envelope a separate piece of paper with: 
    • Your full name
    • Your loved one’s full name 
    • Date of donation 
    • Mail to: Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska

Mail to: 

Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska 
985541 Nebraska Medical Center 
Omaha, NE 68198-5541

Allow extra time:

The Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska coordinator will first review your card or letter to ensure confidentiality. The recipient(s) will then be notified and offered the option of receiving the letter. 

Will I hear from the recipient? 

You may or may not receive a response from them. Many transplant recipients have said that they are overwhelmed with emotion and have difficulty expressing their gratitude in words. Others may take months or even years before they feel comfortable writing to their donor family. 

For any further questions on contacting a donor or recipient, please call the Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska (NE only) at 800.225.7244 or 402.559.4039.