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The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank's mission is to fulfill the wishes of eye donors and their families to help another overcome blindness. The families of the donors below have chosen to honor the legacy left by their loved ones: the legacy of sight given to another through eye donation. Each of these donors moves, humbles and inspires us every day.

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In Loving Memory of

Christopher Pena

September 27, 1981 to December 3, 2017

January 10, 2017


We received a letter in the mail today that my little brother’s corneas were donated to one woman and one man that live here in Colorado. We are so overwhelmed and filled with joy. We are also full of emotions such as happiness and sadness.  Were so happy that my brother was able to give someone else a chance to see again but we are also very saddened that we have lost a loved one.  My brother had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back. Chris was a father of three beautiful girls and a brother to me and our older brother. He was an amazing son, and friend to many. He was loved by so many and was always cracking jokes and trying to make you smile. Before he got really sick he traveled and enjoyed every day he had. He loved animals and loved to be outdoors camping, hunting and fishing and when he wasn't doing that he was cooking and thinking of new meals to make by watching the cooking channels on TV. My Brother was just thirty six years old when he passed away and he still had so much more life to live. He has left so many hearts broken and shattered and we miss him so much. When our family received the letter in the mail that my brother was able to donate his corneas to not one but two people it made us so happy because we know my brother would be happy that his corneas were donated and were able to be used because that was who my brother was he was always putting other people before himself.

To the woman and man who received my brother’s corneas I just want you to know you are one lucky person because my brother was such an amazing man and now because of you he gets to now see life through a different view and me and my family thank you for that. I also hope that the gentlemen who received his corneas will respond to my letter as it would mean the world to me and my family to get to hear from you the gentleman my brother gave his corneas to and hopefully one day me and my family can meet you.


~ Jennifer, Christopher's sister