The Visionary - Spring 2015 - page 2

Lions Eye Institute
Angela Pottinger
Foundation Development
813-289-1200 x 247
Lions Eye Institute
for Transplant &
Executive Staff
Jason K.Woody
President and CEO
(813) 289-1200, ext. 234
Dana Caggia
Executive Assistant
813-289-1200 x 290
Patrick K. Gore, RN, CEBT*
Director of Business Development
(813) 289-1200, ext. 246
Director of Finance
(813) 289-1200, ext. 222
Mitch McCartney, Ph.D
Scientific Director
(813) 289-1200, ext. 229
Andrew Mullins
Director of Ocular Services
(813)289-1200, ext. 245
Institute Board of
President/Chief Executive Officer
Jason K.Woody
Medical Director
Lewis Groden, MD
JohnT. LiVecchi, MD
Vice Chairman
Kimberly Murray
Immediate Past Chair
David Rankin
Chief Counsel
Ronald A. Christaldi
Robert Capuano
Jim Stefan
Thomas Barnhorn
Louis Cantrell, PDG
John Doyle
Dr. Duane Eichler
Kimberly Murray
Margie Franklin
Jarett Rieger
Daniel James Scott
James Stefan
John Unger
*Lions Clubs International positions
PDG – Past District Governor
DG – District Governor
CEBT – Certified Eye Bank Technician
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THe peopleYOU
have touched
’m 51 years old. I was legally blind for seven years and could
not walk on my own, my children guided me everywhere. I was
miserable. I couldn’t do things on my own or go places like everyone else.
I just stayed inside all day and thought about how lucky people are who
can see. On January 28, 2015, I hadmy cornea transplant. After a couple of
days, I looked across the room and sawmy beautiful daughter. I placedmy
hand on her face and tears of joy came down. I was so happy and grateful
that I could finally see! Now I can walk by myself and do the things I have
wanted to do. I can finally see the beautiful world around me and because
of that I am cheerful all of the time. I am grateful for the donated corneal
tissue and I thank you so much for that. You have helped me greatly! If it
weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be seeing today.”
~ Daniela
t is now three months since I receivedmy cornea. My vision has
been restored so that I can see my surroundings much more
clearly than ever before in my adult life. What a joy! The stress of worry
that my deteriorating eyesight would jeopardize my independent living is
now a thing of the past. I can now drive my car and play golf because my
distance vision is restored. It is thrilling to be able to see this whole world
in all its beauty. I cannot put into words the blessings that your generosity
has meant to me and my loved ones. Thank you for restoring my vision
and my independence.”
~ James
Our vision is to help others see.
To improve visual outcomes and quality of life for
those who are blind or visually impaired through
innovative ocular endeavors.
The Visionary is published by the
Lions Eye Institute Foundation.
1410 N. 21st Street, Tampa, Florida 33605
Telephone - (813) 289-1200 Fax - (813) 242-7025
Did you know?
The number of Americans who suffer from blindness, low
vision or age-related eye disease will climb from38million
to 50 million by 2020
The number of people 40 andolder in theU.S. withglaucoma
is expected to growby 50%, from2.3million to 3.36million
from by 2020
Between 2010 and 2050, the number of Americans with
diabetic retinopathy is expected to nearly double, from7.7
million to 14.6 million
By 2050, the number of people with Age-
Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is
expected to more than double from 2.07
million to 5.44 million
Alliance for Aging Research’s
Silver Book®: Vision Loss Volume II
National Eye Institute’s website
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