Many recipients struggle with the decision to write to their donor family. They just don't know how to say "thank you" for such a precious gift.Donor families do appreciate and often find comfort in knowing the transplant was successful.
The San Antonio Eye Bank encourages and facilitates all correspondence between donor families and cornea recipients. We protect the anonymity of both the donor families and the recipients. If you would like to write a letter to the recipient of your loved ones corneas, please use the letter writing guidelines below.
The decision to write to your donor’s family is a very personal one. If you decide to write or send a card, 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 you reside in.
- 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.
- 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:
Attn: Transplant Recipient Correspondence
San Antonio Eye Bank
8122 Datapoint Drive, Suite 325
San Antonio, Texas 78229