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Mark Green Named Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Philadelphia, PA--- Mark Green was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley during its 58th Annual Meeting held on June 20, 2015 at the Loft at Landis Creek in Limerick, PA.

Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley (LEBDV) is a nonprofit organization, serving residents of Delaware, Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Each year in the United States over 40,000 individuals have their sight restored through corneal transplantation, and hundreds of thousands benefit from medical research and education made possible by donated eye tissue. LEBDV works 365 days a year to provide cornea recipients with the highest quality and safest corneal tissue available. Since 1957, the organization has helped facilitate over 38,000 surgeries.

Since joining the Board of Trustees in 2010, Mark has served as a member of various committees including Constitution/Bylaws, Annual Audit Review and Budget/Finance.

In 2013, Mark received the prestigious Exelon Energy for the Community Award. A grant of $5,000 was donated to LEBDV in honor of his service. PECO and its parent company Exelon have a strong tradition of community leadership in the Philadelphia region.

For Mark, no task is too large or small. “I found my passion in volunteering at a very young age. When I was seven, I started volunteering at the local fire company, where my sister served as President of the Ladies Auxiliary. It was something my family was part of. At 15, I became a volunteer firefighter and 35 years later remain active. At 16 years old, I was trained to be an EMT. Saving and bettering lives is very important to me, which is why serving as Chairman of LEBDV and the thought of giving an individual a second chance of sight is so rewarding,” Mark says.

2015 District Governors' Night

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Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley hosted its annual District Governors' Night on July 23, 2015 at its office in Philadelphia, PA. District Governors, who are newly elected regional leaders from Lions Club International, learned about the history of the Eye Bank and new developments in cornea transplantation. These regional leaders represent thousands of Lions Clubs Volunteers from southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

We were privileged to have two keynote speakers this year including the Eye Bank's Medical Director, Dr. Sadeer B. Hannush and a local cornea recipient, Lydia.

Lydia, from Warminster, PA, gave a truly inspirational presentation. Each guest listened attentively as she shared her story of receiving a second chance of sight. She closed by expressing sincere gratitude, "I don't know how to say thank you for a gift that is so life altering. How do I find the words to express what is beyond expression? I will have to just say thank you to Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley, thank you to my donor and my donor's family, thank you to my doctors who worked tirelessly with me and do so with every patient."

We encourage you to learn more about Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley and cornea recipients like Lydia. Help us share the importance of eye, tissue and organ donation with family and friends. 

LEBDV Helps Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia Recycle Eyeglasses

CHOP"It was serendipitous," says Ivy Fenton Kuhn, Nurse Practitioner at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Pediatric Ophthalmology Department.

Ivy was describing her good fortune in placing a call to the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley. She wanted to hold a collection drive for discarded eyeglasses after reading a magazine article about the vision needs of children around the globe. Her colleague, Amanda Fonash, an Ambulatory Social Worker, recalls how she and Ivy discovered long ago that they had a shared interest in the same project.  After recently finding an old pair of eyeglasses at home, Amanda decided, "Now is a good time to implement our idea."

Ivy thought she was calling a Lions Club to get information on how to obtain collection boxes. Instead, she dialed LEBDV where a number of staffers are members of Lions Clubs. They thought it would be a great idea to donate collection boxes to the CHOP initiative.  Jim Quirk, President and Chief Operating Officer of LEBDV, knows the importance of eyeglass recycling.  A Lion for over a decade, Jim's Club regularly donates glasses. "After learning about their passion for the project and how it aligned with our relationship with Lionism - we were founded by Lions -- we wanted to help CHOP raise awareness as well as increase eyeglass donation." 

Ivy thoughtfully says, "Just knowing that someone will be able to see because of this project is a good feeling and an extension of what we do here at CHOP."

The CHOP eyeglass recycling initiative is in high gear and will end December 1st.

To learn more about eyeglass recycling, please visit www.njlerc.org

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