Recipient Stories

Sheryl Moss

Crafting keepsakes with new vision

Sheryl Moss is enjoying doing cross-stitch and making quilts for her family after a cornea transplant.

Jim Noble

Grateful for life’s second chances

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble was on the receiving end of a second chance at life through the gift of tissue donation.

Dr. Bowman

Terry Robinson: “Through My Eyes” contest winner

Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) established the contest to give cornea recipients and donor families the opportunity to share their experience of receiving sight or giving sight through their loved ones using drawings, paintings, photographs, or videos.

Karen and her horses

Tendon transplant puts knee, life together again

After a horse threw her, a tendon transplant helped Karen rebuild her knee and allowed her to walk without assistance, helping her put her life together again.

Paige kicks the ball

New tendon reboots soccer career

A hyperextended knee on the first day of Paige’s soccer season during her sophomore year led to a tendon transplant that got the teen back in the game.

The Lea Club prepared a float for Bowie’s “Jim Bowie Days” parade

The “routine” transplant that saved Donna Roger’s vision

A routine health care visit discovered a problem. Routine treatment allowed her to live and work normally. A “routine” transplant saved her vision.

Patti Diou and Dr. Wayne Bowman

Corneal transplants keep woman at helm of music magic

As executive director of the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington, Texas, Patti Diou oversees an annual series of free outdoor concerts. Mrs. Diou says she couldn’t have shepherded all this summertime fun without two donated corneas.

Kenneth Cornea Transplant

Transplants enable more enjoyment with family, grandchildren

Kenneth’s family had a history of eye disease. After undergoing two cornea transplants, he’s enjoying more activities with his family and grandchildren.

Emma playing piano

New vision for new insights

The need for a cornea transplant was not what Emma, a high school student, expected. But the transplant allowed her to continue with her passions – reading and discussing current affairs.


Life returns from the darkness

After vision problems plagued David for years, his corneas ruptured, plunging him into months of darkness. Cornea transplants helped restore David’s vision and let him return to his life.

Joey Ianiero

Giving thanks

As a second baseman, Joey Ianiero was turning a double play when the runner slid late and crashed into his left knee, tearing the ACL, MCL, and meniscus. A donor tendon was an option for repairing the ruptured ACL.

Britanya Kennedy-Thompson

Envisioning the future

One day, I woke up with excruciating pain in my left eye and I couldn’t see. I made an emergency appointment with the eye doctor. He told me that my cornea was so stretched it tore.

Mark Smith

A new insight

I’ve never had very good eyesight and just thought that it was something I would live with forever. And then it got worse.