A Lasting Connection Between Two Families
Recorded On: 06/19/2020
A donor mother and the mother of a 3 year old recipient share the stories of their daughters, the lasting impact of the gift of sight, and the incredible bond between these two families. UT Southwestern staff provide additional context to this connection and how their eye bank facilitates these meetings.
Kevin Corcoran, CAE
Eye Bank Association of America
President and CEO of the Eye Bank Association of America.
Donna Drury, MBA, CEBT, CTBS
UT Southwestern Transplant Services Center Lions Eye Bank
Donna Drury, MBA, CEBT, CTBS, is the Executive Director of the Transplant Services Center at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She has over 28 years’ experience in eye and tissue banking and is certified as both an Eye Bank Technician and a Tissue Bank Specialist. Her professional activities include current service to the Eye Bank Association of America as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors. She has previously served as Chair of the Meetings Committee and Technician Education Committee, member of the Medical Advisory Board and the Accreditation Board as well as service on various other committees. Ms. Drury holds a B.S. in Biology from Texas Woman’s University and an MBA in Healthcare Management from University of Dallas.
W. Drew Timmons, RN, CTBS
|Drew Timmons received his nursing diploma from Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing. Drew went on to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, where he embraced eye, tissue, and organ donation. In 1994, he became an Organ Recovery Coordinator for the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency. In 1999, Drew moved to Dallas where he joined the staff of Transplant Services Center. For the last three years Drew has been the Nurse Manager overseeing TSC's Call Center, hospital development, and community outreach programs.|
Nia and Zoe Rabago
Mother of a cornea transplant recipient