Virtual Legacy Garden

A space for honoring and celebrating those who have given the gift of sight. 

Saving Sight Virtual Legacy Garden

Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.
–Helen Keller

In 2019, 2,942 heroes gave the gift of sight though eye donation with Saving Sight. We are continually looking for new ways to celebrate our donors as well as their families who helped to make their gifts possible. Saving Sight is creating a virtual legacy garden hosted on our Instagram as an additional way to remember and honor our donors, especially during these times of limited human interaction.

A virtual memorial is an online space created for the purpose of remembering, celebrating, and commemorating those who have passed and we hope our legacy garden will live on and continue to grow for years to come.

We encourage our donor families to contribute their own garden themed photos in remembrance of their loved one along with a special story or quote to be featured on our Instagram. There is no deadline, and families may contribute at any time.

We hope our garden is a source of beauty, hope, and connection for both our donor families and recipients alike, and we encourage visiting our Instagram to share kind comments of remembrance and support as our garden begins to bloom.

To submit your own contribution, please complete the form below.

Jeannette’s Legacy

  In Memory of Jeannette Hendricks, 1980-2021 “We called her Nette and she was an awesome chick. Beloved by her family, and respected by peers. Nette was very intelligent and down to earth. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was very creative. She was always...

Jon’s Legacy

  In memory of Jon Earwood, 1994-2020 “Jon was a kind and genuine man. He always had a smile on his face. He loved being outdoors fishing or riding his motorcycle, singing and playing his guitar, and spending time with his family and friends. He loved his job as...

Jean’s Legacy

In Memory of Jean Willis, 1951-2020 “Her heart was big, full of love to give, and open for anyone who needed it💜” - Keyra

Daniel’s Legacy

In Memory of Daniel Lord, 2002-2018 “Daniel was naturally bright, curious and helpful. He truly made the world a colorful place. His caring nature transcends time with the gifts he left behind.” - Rebecca Malone

John Lefferts’ Legacy

In Memory of John Lefferts, 1981-2004 "John was a very generous man, and in his passing, he enhanced the lives of 37 people across the United States, making his family very proud of his legacy." - Larry and Vivian Lefferts, donor parents The photo submitted is of the...

Rick’s Legacy

In Memory of Rick McClellan, 1953-2014 “Although gardening and historic homes were not among Rick’s passions, he did enjoy the native Missouri redbuds, dogwoods and Bridal Veil spirea of spring.” - Theresa McClellan, Rick's wife. You can read Rick's full story on our...

Scot’s Legacy

In Memory of Scot Squires, 1968-2017 “So much to remember about a great dad, son, brother, friend, educator, living kidney donor, & tissue/skin/eye donor. We hold you in the garden of our memories.” - Cheryl, Scot’s sister  ”Scot was a kind and generous son, who...

Thomas’ Legacy

In Memory of Thomas J. Davidson, 1988-2018 “My oldest son, Thomas, became a donor on July 11, 2018. Thomas loved visiting his family, helping others, working with his hands, and being outdoors.” - Charlotte, Thomas’ Mom. You can read Thomas' full story on our website...

Legacy Garden Submission

  • If you would like to preserve the anonymity of your loved one, feel free to use nicknames or first names with only a last initial.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf, gif, tiff, Max. file size: 20 MB.
    Please upload a garden themed picture to represent your loved one (i.e., favorite flower, favorite bird, a garden landscape).
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