Last year, 19 heroes from Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) gave the gift of sight to those at risk of going blind by donating their eye tissue for sight-saving corneal transplants.
Saving Sight, a regional nonprofit organization, coordinated the eye donation process for those donors and is working with PCRMC to honor their gifts on a national stage during the 128th Rose Parade to be broadcast around the world from Pasadena, California, on Jan. 2, 2017.
Ed Clayton, PCRMC chief executive officer, met with officials from Saving Sight on Sept. 12 to dedicate a rose in honor of the hospital’s eye donors that will be carried on the 14th annual Donate Life Rose Parade float in January. Clayton signed a vial with a personal message from the hospital in memory of the hospital’s eye donors.
In January, the vial will carry a white Akito rose on the Rose Parade float to honor the donors and help spread the simple, life-giving message that eye, organ and tissue donation heals and saves lives.
“It’s an incredible gift these donors make through eye donation,” said Saving Sight Chief Executive Officer Tony Bavuso. “We’re excited to work with Phelps County Regional Medical Center to honor that gift by dedicating a rose that will be seen around the world as part of this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade and serve as a testament to the healing power of the gift of sight.”
Across its service region, Saving Sight recovered, processed and placed 3,016 corneas for transplant in 2015. Saving Sight changed the lives of an average of eight people every day through the gift of sight.
For more information on Saving Sight, please visit saving-sight.org.