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2020 iBall: Foresight – Looking Toward the Future!


September 12, 2020 | Zoom

Your experience begins promptly at 7PM

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2019 EYE BALL: See and Be Seen (It’s Fashionable to Care)

September 21, 2019 | Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel

You will want to See and Be Seen promptly at 6:00 p.m.

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2019 Roar Through Ybor 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run

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Friday, April 19, 2019 at 7PM | Centennial Park, Ybor City

The Lions Eye Institute Foundation has partnered with LifeLink Legacy Fund to produce the 18th annual Roar Through Ybor. Join us for a night of free food, beer, and wine as we run across the historic brick roads of Ybor City. This event supports organ, eye, and tissue donation.

Lions Eye Institute and RTI Donor Services Expand Strategic Relationship to Maximize the Gift of Tissue Donation

TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research (LEITR), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the recovery, evaluation and distribution of eye tissue, and RTI Donor Services, Inc. (RTIDS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing responsible stewardship of the gift of tissue donation, announced an expanded relationship to increase efficiencies in tissue donation and enhance patients’ lives. Through this relationship, each partner will focus on its core area of expertise. Beginning November 1, 2018, LEITR will manage all aspects of tissue recovery services for Florida hospitals in RTIDS’ former service area and RTIDS will focus specifically on acquiring tissue for processing and distribution.

LEITR will now expand from exclusively procuring eye tissue to assuming responsibility for procurement of bone, skin, heart valves, connective tissue and veins used in surgeries and medical research at hospitals throughout Florida. LEITR will reach more facilities, develop new programs and a deeper level of service benefiting hospitals, health systems and donor families. The relationship will expand LEITR’s network to include 189 hospitals and medical examiner offices in Florida and 72 facilities in Louisiana. LEITR anticipates employing many of RTIDS’ professional team of specialists, growing its staff across Florida to ensure all areas of expertise are covered.


Roar Through Ybor – Night Race for Sight

Roar Through Ybor 2018

Thank you to all of you who participated in the 2018 Roar Through Ybor – Night Race for Sight! Please click here to view event photos and here to view your race results.