Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research (LEITR) is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to the recovery, evaluation and distribution of eye tissue for transplant, research and education. LEITR leading the worldwide fight against blinding eye disease through its unique model: uniting one of the world’s largest Eye Banks, its cutting-edge Ocular Research Center, and its Foundation to create the leading institution for ocular science. Serving 61 of 67 counties in Florida, LEITR has been a world leader in corneal procurement for transplant and research. Since its inception in 1973, the nonprofit has brought the “Gift of Sight” to over 130,000 men, women, and children around the world. Managing the activities of five offices within Florida, the staff obtains consent for donation and coordinates the logistics of tissue recovery, preservation and distribution. Consent rates for donation from the communication center greatly exceed the national average. LEITR was founded by a group of Lions in the Tampa Bay area and continues to be guided by a voluntary board of directors comprised of Lions, prominent ophthalmic specialists, surgeons and community leaders.