Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Circle of Light" exhibit spotlights gift of sight

Schematic diagram of the human eye in englishThe "Circle of Light" photography exhibit is now on display at Pueblo Community College through June 16th. Some might say, "Big deal. It just a bunch of pictures." However, this "bunch of pictures" is special. All the photographs were taken by people who were blind before they received a cornea transplant. The exhibit is free, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday in the San Juan Gallery at the college, and made possible by the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank.

The neat thing about tissue donation is that nearly everyone can be a tissue donor. Unfortunately, that's not the case for organ donation. To be an organ donor, an individual must suffer brain death, but only 2 or 3% of us die that way. Tissue donation has no such requirement. Plus, one tissue donor can help as many as 50 people by donating corneas, bone, ligaments, skin, heart valves, and other tissues. It can give someone their quality of life back. Just ask the folks who took the pictures in this wonderful exhibit.

If you have not registered as an organ and tissue donor, I encourage you to visit the Donate Life America website (click here) today. There you can learn how to register in the state where you live and one day make a difference in someone's life.

Source : article titled Circle of Light 
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