For Favorite Friend Friday this week we have an incredible Lion, Board Member, and volunteer to brag about, Lion Mark Green. Now is the perfect time to feature Mark, as he has been invaluable in our fundraising efforts to make this year’s Gift of Sight Charity Golf Classic the best one yet!
To our initial surprise, this year’s golf tournament, taking place on Tuesday, October 27th, is turning out to be our most successful one yet! Much of this is thanks to the tireless work of Mark and his efforts to bring in golfers and sponsorships. To date, Mark has brought us twenty golfers and eighteen sponsors, and he’s not done yet!
Mark joined the Lions Club in 2005 and was introduced to Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley in 2010 when he joined the Board of Trustees. Being a Lion is about giving back to your community; prior to dedicating so much time to LEBDV, Mark was a volunteer fire fighter and oversaw their fundraising events. He was introduced to the Lions Club through a police officer he worked closely with during his time at the firehouse.
When asked about why he dedicates so much of his time to giving back, Mark says, “I enjoy helping people. As a past chairman and member of multiple committees, I get an inside look at all the incredible work done on a daily basis at the eye bank.” Mark has a niece who is legally blind and explains how she motivates him to help restore the gift of sight.
Besides Golf, one of Mark’s favorite events is the Annual Corneal Transplant Recipient Luncheon. “Seeing the faces of young kids and adults whose vision has been restored, there’s nothing like it. Meeting recipients and donor families firsthand makes our mission and work more real.”
When Mark is not working for PECO or volunteering for the eye bank, he is spending time with his wife, Nancy, his children Stephanie and Jeremy, and his two grandkids, Alivia and Evan.
If you see Mark next Tuesday at our Gift of Sight Charity Golf Classic, be sure to thank him for his incredible efforts in fundraising for the gift of sight. Thank you for all that you do for LEBDV Mark!
The incredible sight-saving work done at Lion’s Eye Bank would not be possible without the dedication of the Recovery Technicians! This week’s Favorite Friend Friday features Bill Ostrander, a passionate and hard-working Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) at LEBDV. This month actually marks Bill’s six year work anniversary at LEBDV!
Before working at the eye bank, Bill graduated from Washington College and majored in Biology. After graduating, he worked at Thomas Jefferson University, primarily in the Cancer Center, for five years; Bill researched prostate cancer, performed lab management, and conducted experiments. Through connections in his field, Bill learned about eye banking and became interested in a position at LEBDV.
There is no typical workday for Bill as a Recovery Technician, but a normal week consists of receiving referral calls from the Gift of Life Donor Program, reviewing all aspects of the cornea donor, and recovering the corneas. Beyond that, Bill also uses microscopes to evaluate corneas. He is able to tell how healthy the cornea is and verifies that it is the safest and highest quality tissue for transplantation. More recently, Bill has been reviewing donors’ health charts to make sure the donors qualify medically for cornea transplantation.
Bill believes the most important aspect of his job is knowing that what he does directly affects recipients and their families. One thing Bill is really proud of is the Gratis Tissue Program; the program provides cornea tissue to all people despite their finances. He believes that a person’s ability to pay should never be a barrier for one’s ability to see. One of his favorite memories from working at LEBDV is seeing two current LEBDV employees, Alex and Holly, have personal experiences with corneal transplants and then dedicate their time to further help LEBDV.
When Bill is not on the job, he enjoys spending his free time relaxing down the shore with his wife, Amy, going to breweries, and staying active through exercise and lifting weights.
Thank you for all you do at LEBDV, Bill!