[Eye Bank Logo] [date] The Honorable [name] – use “Your Excellency” for Massachusetts and South Carolina Governors
Governor of [state]
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[city, state zip code] Dear Governor [surname]: For 50 years, the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and its members have championed the restoration of sight and have advanced donation, transplantation and research in their communities and throughout the world. As the leading voice of the eye banking community, the EBAA and its 97 member banks would greatly appreciate [state]’s support on behalf of the eye banking community's mission of restoring sight worldwide.
Each year, the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) promotes March as “National Eye Donor Month” to raise awareness of the need for eye donation. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Eye Donor Month in 1983, and since then, a member of Congress has read a proclamation into the Congressional Record each March to note this special occasion.
The EBAA and its member eye banks know firsthand the profound effect of sight-restoring corneal transplants, which changes the lives of over 40,000 people each year. [Number of eye bank] recovers and provides transplantable tissue to [state]’s citizens. Last year, through the charitable donation of ocular tissue from fellow [state] residents, our eye bank provided [total number of corneas transplanted in your state]to help fellow [state demonym] regain their sight.
The efforts of the EBAA, its member banks, corneal surgeons, certified eye bank technicians (CEBTs) have contributed to advancements in corneal surgery. Our industry-leading medical standards, acknowledged and respected by government and peers alike, have also contributed to the efficacy and safety of corneal tissue. These achievements would not have been possible without the selfless gifts of donors and donor families, the dedication of eye bankers, corneal surgeons and CEBTs, and the support of those like you, who assist us in increasing donation awareness.
We would be honored and appreciative if you would declare March 2012 as “Eye Donor Month” for your state. [state demonym] have long benefited from sight-restoring corneal transplants; with your support to increase donation awareness, many more will be afforded the same opportunity.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of us or Patricia Hardy in the EBAA office at 202-775-4999, x118.
Thank you in advance for your participation.