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Meet some people who have given others the beauty of sight.



Desmond Devon Jimeson Sr.

 

He was born on May 14, 1979.


Des, as he was known to his family, friends, and loved ones, grew up in Hialeah Florida. He was the youngest of his mother’s four children, two boys and two girls. His next oldest sibling, a sister, was Des’s twin.

 

Anyone who knew Desmond knew how much his family meant to him: throughout his life, Desmond was a dedicated son, sibling, father, uncle, cousin and friend. His family was close knit and unconditionally loving. As an adult, Des was blessed with four amazing, beautiful, smart, talented kids of his own: three girls and one boy, whom Des cherished, adored, and loved dearly.

 

Desmond was truly one in a million, with a heart of gold. Everyone who knew him adored his friendly, inspiring, outspoken personality. At any gathering of family and friends, Desmond was certain to make sure that everyone ate! Desmond’s famous dish was hot dogs and baked beans. He was also the family clown: no family gathering was complete until Desmond got a laugh out of everyone.

 

Tall and athletic, Des was a sports enthusiast. Besides his family, basketball was Desmond’s other passion. As a teen, Desmond was one of the star players on his high school basketball team. When he wasn’t spending time with his kids, Des was on the court “shooting some hoops.” He excelled at ladder ball, and always made sure he got a game going during family gatherings. In his free time, Desmond also enjoyed coaching little league optimist football games.

 

Desmond’s Christian faith was a big part of his life. His family remembers his belief in God and his acceptance of Jesus as his lord and savior. Desmond considered himself a child of God, who lived according to his beliefs.

 

Des passed away suddenly, at the young age of 35. Upon his death, his loving family made the decision to donate his corneas to Florida Lions Eye Bank. Thanks to Desmond’s generous gift, and the selflessness of his family, another man in Florida has regained his eyesight.

 

Twenty-four members of Desmond’s adoring family showed up to celebrate the Beauty of Sight at Florida Lions Eye Bank’s annual donor family memorial event in 2016. His was the biggest family in attendance: clearly, Des is dearly loved and deeply missed. His legacy lives on through cornea donation.

 

 

 

Nicholas Paquette

 

In 2014, 23 year old Nicholas Paquette was a student at Florida Atlantic University who also worked part-time at a dermatologist's office. “Nick,” as his loved ones called him, was known as a loyal friend with a witty sense of humor. He had a passion for cars and martial arts, and had earned a second-degree black belt in karate. At the local dojo, where he helped train new students, he was known as "Sensei Nick.”

 

Three weeks after his 23rd birthday, Nicholas Paquette was hit by a car while crossing an intersection near his home. Although he was rushed to the hospital, Nick died two days later from his injuries.

 

At the time of Nick’s accident, his mother, Lori, did not know that he had registered as an eye, organ, and tissue donor several years earlier when he received his driver’s license. Yet, his family knew that Nick was a giving person who always helped others, and it gave them some comfort to know his wishes to be a donor.

 

Nick’s decision to register as a donor meant that he was able to save and enhance the lives of seventy people through eye, organ, and musculoskeletal tissue donation. Sixty four bone, tissue, and cartilage grafts have been transplanted into patients, restoring mobility and vastly improving quality of life. Nick’s heart, liver, and kidneys saved the lives of four fortunate people who, at last word, were feeling well and looking forward to their renewed futures. Finally, Nicholas Paquette’s choice to become a cornea donor through Florida Lions Eye Bank restored the beauty of sight to two individuals, who are enjoying life with clear vision for years to come.

 

Despite the tragedy of Nick’s death, his decision to become a donor has been a source of comfort, encouragement, and pride for his family. Nicholas Paquette’s generosity has made a powerful impact upon the lives of so many people, and his loved ones know that Nick would be happy to have made such an enormous difference in the world. Florida Lions Eye Bank is grateful to be a part of Nicholas Paquette’s legacy to restore the beauty of sight.

 


 


 

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Florida Lions Eye Bank

Calendar of Events

March 22, Wednesday
OPEN HOUSE

Board of Directors Meeting
5:00pm-6:00pm
Membership Appreciation Day
Election of 2017-2018 Officers
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Miami, FL

April 26, Wednesday
Board of Directors
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Miami, FL

 

Contact Us

 

Florida Lions Eye Bank
900 NW 17th Street #348
Miami, FL 33136

 

Telephone: (305) 326-6359
Toll-free: (800) 329-7000 Ext. 6359

 

General Email: info@fleb.org

 

Distribution Email: FLEBDistribution@med.miami.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Mission


In the fight against visual impairment and blindness, the Florida Lions Eye Bank recovers, processes and distributes ocular tissue for sight-saving surgery. It provides eye tissue and funding for ophthalmic research and training and operates a pathology lab to assist with patient diagnosis and treatment. It also provides professional and community education to promote eye donation.




 

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