EUREKA – When Rebecca Koltveit participated in the 27th annual Run for Vision Sunday, Nov. 11, in Grant Park in Chicago, she got to meet the sisters of the man whose organ donation in 2007 allowed her to see out of her right eye.

The 21-year-old Eureka College senior was threatened with blindness at age 16 because of a severe corneal infection.

“It was an amoeba,” Koltveit said. “You usually see them under a microscope. It can come from water. I was wearing contacts at the time. Sometimes contact solution won’t always clear the stuff up on your eye as well. You can get it that way. It’s a one in a million chance.”

The only thing that could save her vision was a cornea transplant that was performed at the University of Iowa. The donor was Ryan Otte, 21, of northeast Nebraska, who was killed in a tragic accident in 2007.

See full story on Nov. 21 Woodford County Journal newsstands.

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