Donor Quilt Dedication Ceremony showcased the newest donor quilt celebrating the lives and gifts of cornea donors
Orlando, FL; December 10, 2017– KeraLink Southeast, a division of KeraLink International hosted their fifth annual donor quilt dedication ceremony to honor the generous donors who have given the gift of sight to those suffering with corneal blindness and vision issues throughout the world. Families from all over Central Florida and beyond came together to celebrate the lives their loved ones lived and the gifts they provided others through their cornea donation.
Throughout the year families design and create individual quilt patches to tell the unique story of their loved one’s life. The patches are combined into a donor quilt as a visual reminder and educational tool to promote awareness of corneal and eye donation at hospitals, health fairs and community events. Families can also request the Gift of Sight quilt for display at their church civic organizations to spread the message of cornea and eye donation and transplantation.
“The goal of the Donor Family Gift of Sight Quilt Project is to let the community know that caring and compassionate people made selfless decisions during a very difficult time in their lives. The quilt serves as a memorial to all of our donors whose legacies are those of hope for others through cornea donation and transplantation,” said Chris Bronaugh, Director KeraLink Southeast,
Families also heard first-hand how their loved one’s donations have helped real people and real ways. Cornea Recipient Marilyn Corrado was on hand to relay her gratitude for the three corneas she had received to correct the vision impairments suffered battling the hereditary eye disorder Fuch’s Dystrophy throughout her life. “Fuch’s Dystrophy was robbing me of normal vision. My corneal transplant surgeries have enabled me to once again live a normal life.”
During the ceremony, families also created a sand memorial to honor their loved ones. Each family added a small vial of colored sand; different shades of blue and green, the colors of donation; into a special vessel, symbolizing the coming together of our lives and the beauty that is created from individual acts of generosity and kindness. Each donor was announced and recognized and a remembrance slide show showcasing family pictures and memories accompanied the procession. Following the procession, families with new quilt patches to share were given the opportunities to “pin” their patches to a ceremonial quilt to begin the next donor memorial quilt. As a culmination to the festivities, the newest quilt was unveiled and donor families shared stories and favorite memories of their loved one’s lives.
“Our donor quilts are so beautiful and the message of donation is so powerful. It is such an honor to share memories with our donor families and remember the lives of our donors. Without their thoughtful gifts, thousands would remain in the dark.” DiAnn McCormack, Donor and Community Development Manager, KeraLink Southeast.
About KeraLink International
KeraLink International is a non-profit, non-governmental network of eye banks and related programs committed to reversing corneal blindness wherever it exists. The organization accomplishes this by investing in world-class facilities, medical education, collaboration with other members of the transplant community, creative development campaigns and cutting-edge research, as well as by providing charitable tissue both domestically and internationally to patients in need. KeraLink International is proud that its cooperative relationships with multiple Organ Procurement Organizations and other eye banks allow it to extend its reach. With seven processing centers strategically located throughout the United States, KeraLink International is positioned to process and deliver high quality tissue to surgeons and their patients. In addition, KeraLink’s international arm, the International Federation of Eye Banks (IFEB), provides support, oversight and innovative programming assistance to 29 IFEB members around the world.
About KeraLink Southeast
KeraLink Southeast was established as the Medical Eye Bank of Florida in 1978 with a vision to serve local donor families, surgeons, hospitals, and recipients with a comprehensive eye banking program; recovering, processing, and distributing ocular tissue throughout the region and world. For almost 40 years, KeraLink Southeast has brought a rich tradition of service to Central Florida, focusing on directing local tissue to local recipients.
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