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Write to a Donor Family

Write To Your Donor's Family - A Guide for Transplant Recipients


The decision to write to your donor’s family is a very personal one. Some recipients choose to write to their donor’s family and some do not. It may help you to know that donor family members consistently express appreciation for the letters or cards they receive from transplant recipients. Your letter can help families find closure and they often find great comfort in knowing a little about the person their loved one was able to help.

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If you decide to write, here are some suggestions:

  • Write about yourself. You may want to include your name (first name only) and information about your job, your family and friends, your hobbies and interests and the name of the state in which you reside.
  • Write about your personal transplant experience. You may want to include information about your disease and how a transplant has affected your life.
  • You may wish to thank your donor family.
  • Sign only your first name.
  • Keep identities anonymous and confidential. Avoid including any last names, street addresses, city names, phone numbers, or names of hospitals or physicians. On occasion, donor families and transplant recipients may wish to reveal identities to each other. Both must agree to this before any personal information will be released by the eye bank.
  • The eye bank will have your letter professionally translated at no cost if the donor's family does not speak English. 

After you have completed your letter or card:

  • Place the card or letter in an unsealed envelope.
  • Include a separate sheet of paper with your full name, date of your transplant and the name of your surgeon.
  • Mail both your letter or card and the separate note to:

Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank
Public & Professional Relations Department
1675 Aurora Court, Mail Stop F751  
Aurora, CO 80045

  • You may also email the letter to us at info@corneas.org. Be sure to include the information about you and your transplant in the body of the email. 

Each letter or card is reviewed to ensure confidentiality before it is forwarded to the donor family. Some donor families may send a letter or card in response to your letter. Others may choose not to write to you at this time — this is their personal decision.

If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please contact the Public & Professional Relations Department at 720-848-3937 or toll-free at 800-444-7479.