(KAKE) - When people make the choice to become an organ donor, they may not be thinking that they could help someone else continue to see the world after they’ve passed.

“Eye donation is one of the very few last thought of type of donation,” said Jason Verbeckmoes, President of the Kansas Eye Bank and Cornea Research Center.

The Kansas Eye Bank and Cornea Research Center works twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, to obtain, evaluate, and distribute eye tissue given by individuals who have chosen to become a donor, to someone who is in need of a transplant.

“A donor cornea can replace that, replace that pain and suffering and bring vision and sight back to that person,” said Verbeckmoes.

Eye banks across the country provide an average of 70,000 transplants a year.

“We do somewhere between three and six transplantations every single week,” said Verbeckmoes.

If a donation isn’t viable for a transplant, it can go to research, helping to ensure the gift of sight for future generations.

“People that have that humanitarian spirit and want to see a human gift go from one person to the next at the end of their life, it’s really an amazing gift to leave behind,” said Verbeckmoes.

If you're interested in learning more, visit KSeyebank.org

KAKE News and the DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers are honored to present the Kansas Eye Bank and Cornea Research Center with a $500 check as this week’s “Wins for Kansas” recipient.

“I just want to thank KAKE News and also DeVaughn James for contributing to the Kansas Eye Bank and Cornea Research Center. We are just thrilled recipients of these dollars to continue our mission,” said Verbeckmoes.