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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 5, 2003

Dec. 13 Capitol Event To Honor State's Eye, Organ, Tissue Donors

State leaders will honor Iowans who generously gave of themselves through the donation of eyes, organs and tissue at a special ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13. The afternoon event is open to donor family members and will be at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines.

Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, First Lady Christie Vilsack and Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson will host the proceedings. Two ceremonies will be held to honor attending families.

"We are honored to invite these family members to the [State] Capitol to recognize the unselfish contribution their loved ones made through organ, tissue and eye donation," Gov. Vilsack said. "In past years, the event was a huge success and we look forward to visiting with families again this year."

In fiscal year 2002-2003, the Iowa Lions Eye Bank provided 821 corneas for transplant from nearly 700 donors in our state. The Eye Bank is tremendously grateful to each and every donor family.

At University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa's only academic medical center, transplant specialists recently completed the institution's 2,500th kidney transplant. In fiscal year 2002-2003, the Transplant Service at UI Hospitals and Clinics performed:

* 86 bone marrow transplants
* 115 cornea transplants
* 14 heart transplants
* 107 kidney transplants
* 39 liver transplants
* 18 pancreas transplants

Sponsors of the event include the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, Iowa Lions Foundation, Iowa Donor Network, American Red Cross Tissue Services and the Iowa Funeral Directors Association.

For more information about this event, visit:, or call toll-free 800-831-4131.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at:

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,