Cassandra Perry

cassandra-profile2

Cornea recipient

Cassandra Perry was 30 and a single mom of two when the news came: She was going blind. Click here to sign up.

She had been experiencing a gradual loss of vision that she attributed to her extreme near sightedness. “I couldn’t see the details of things like blades of grass,” Cassandra said.

A new eye doctor diagnosed her with Fuch’s dystrophy, a degenerative disease that thickens the corneas (the eye’s lens) and causes pain, distorted vision and blindness. Cassandra, of Northville, was terrified she wouldn’t be able to provide for her eight-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter.

Just one day after her diagnosis, she saw an ophthalmologist, who contacted the Michigan Eye-Bank, which is a partner of Gift of Life Michigan. The Eye-Bank fulfills the wishes of donors who want to give their corneas to help people receive a second chance for sight. Cassandra received two transplants over a 4 month period and one month after the surgery, began to see a whole new world. “The things I had been missing for years started to come into focus,” she said. “Like the freckles on my son’s face.”

The decisions of strangers, who wanted only to help others, saved Cassandra’s vision and helped her remain the sole provider for her family. She’s grateful to her donors and to those who helped make it all possible: “The Michigan Eye-Bank gave me hope and they gave me sight,” she said. “I can’t thank them enough.”

Go to http://www.michiganeyebank.org for more information about cornea donation.

Read More Posts
Justin Shilling, who was killed at the Oxford High School shooting in November 2021 and became an organ and tissue donor

Mom helps Oxford High School students remember friend and classmate who saved six lives

Justin Shilling’s legacy as an organ and tissue donor is helping his mother navigate the…

Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Recipient launches charity, raises money in honor of 20th anniversary of her lung transplant

Ronda Harrison never thought she’d live to see 50.   Born with cystic fibrosis (CF), the…

Read More
A woman standing in front of a red brick wall holding a framed photo of a young boy

‘Organ donation was the right thing to do’

Muslim donor mom encourages conversation about organ and tissue donation Karim Khassouan lived a short,…

Read More
Newborn baby wrapped in orange towel with headband

Born a hero

Jade Townsend spent a brief time on Earth and made a big difference Baby Jade…

Read More

Organ donation advocate works to break down myths

‘It has to stop because too many people are losing their lives,’ says donor mom…

Read More

Brother donates kidney to save older sibling

‘I’d do it again if I could, but you can only do it once’ When…

Read More
Scroll to Top