By Molly Moser
On April 28, 2000, a baby boy came into the world. As he grew, he developed a love of fire trucks, John Deere tractors, farm animals, and Todd, his family’s garbage man. The boy’s parents, Misty Troester and Paul Moser, would experience tremendous loss just five years later, when their energetic young son, Jarren, was accidentally run over by a fire truck while playing near the Guttenberg Fire Station.
“On the night of the accident, we got a call from the eye bank about donating Jarren’s corneas,” recalls Troester, who is an organ donor herself. The cornea is the clear, dome-shaped surface that makes up the outermost layer of the eye. U.S. eye banks provide tissue for an average of over 59,000 corneal transplants a year.