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A PUBLICATION OF SAVING SIGHT

WINTER 2013

300,000 Children Screened

Autologous Serum Eye Drops

Champion of Donation: Michelle Black Meet the Vision Screening Program Team

Name Change to Saving Sight Focuses Spotlight on Mission


Leadership Tony Bavuso Chief Executive Officer Ronald Walkenbach, Ph.D. Associate Director Tina Livesay Chief Operating Officer Shelly Rasley Chief Technical Officer Michael Titus Chief Clinical Officer Annie Kuhl Chief Communications Officer Byron DeLaMatre Chief Information Officer Jeff Eckert Chief Administrative Officer

Editorial Clayton Clark Communications & Development Specialist Paul Coleman Graphic Designer

Office Locations Columbia, MO 404 Portland St. Columbia, MO 65201 Office: 573-443-1479 Donor Hotline: 800-331-2636 Fax: 573-443-1657 Hutchinson, KS 2 East 12th Ave. Hutchinson, KS 67501 Partner Relations: 620-259-7388 Office: 620-259-7300 Fax: 620-259-7323 Kansas City, MO 10100 N. Ambassador Dr. Suite 200 Kansas City, MO 64153 Office: 816-454-5454 Fax: 816-454-5446 Springfield, IL 400 Chatham Rd. Suite 103 Springfield, IL 62704 Office: 217-679-2987 Fax: 217-670-0800 Springfield, MO 3506 Culpepper Circle Suite D Springfield, MO 65804 Office: 417-882-1532 Fax: 417-882-8206 St. Louis, MO 10801 Pear Tree Lane Suite 170 St. Louis, MO 63074 Office: 314-428-4373 Fax: 314-428-3751

From Our CEO I’m pleased to be writing you as the new CEO of this organization, a role I’ve been serving in since July 1st. I have some big shoes to fill, but Dr. Walkenbach will remain with our organization until his retirement in March, advising me so we can continue our success at this pivotal point in our organization’s history. Last February, we conducted a strategic planning meeting with our board of directors and leadership staff. It was the first time in our 53-year history that we’ve collectively analyzed our work and our future as an organization, and the result of those conversations is our new strategic plan. The strategic plan is like a roadmap for our development and refinement over the next three years, and with it we can more readily overcome obstacles and ensure that our future work always aligns with our long-term goals. But a plan is only useful if we put into action. One opportunity for improvement that we identified in the strategic plan involved uniting the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation and Heartland Lions Eye Banks under a single name. At their September meeting, our Board of Directors approved this name change, and on December 1st we began to operate as Saving Sight. I support the new name because it actively and concisely describes what our programs do to help people: we change lives by saving sight. You can read more about Saving Sight on page 6, and there’s logistical information on the back cover. Uniting our identity is just one of the many exciting developments we want to share with you in this issue. You’ll also find information about a new service we’re developing, a recent milestone reached by our KidSight vision screening program, a Champion of Donation story, an introduction to our amazing vision screening staff, and more. It’s also never been a better time to get involved with our organization. With increased growth, we’re not only changing more lives by saving sight, but we have an increased need for your support, too. As we look ahead to 2014, I hope you will help us change lives by making a financial gift and volunteering with one of our programs. To learn more, visit our new website at www.saving-sight.org or call us at 800-283-1982. In the meantime, please enjoy Perspectives, and I wish you a prosperous 2014. Sincerely,

Tony Bavuso Chief Executive Officer

Contact General Information: 573-443-1471 or 1-800-753-2265 Media Inquiries: 800-283-1982 ext. 107 or ext. 115 pr@saving-sight.org

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Saving Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to change lives by saving sight. Founded in Columbia, MO in 1960, the organization introduced the gift of sight to Missouri. Today, Saving Sight operates vision health programs that serve nearly 50,000 people worldwide each year, and its offices are located in Missouri, Kansas, and central Illinois.


Autologous Serum Eye Drops Saving Sight is currently developing a new service to process autologous serum eye drops in the Kansas City branch office. Operations will begin as a pilot program involving a few local corneal surgeons, in anticipation that Saving Sight will offer the service to a larger network of doctors later in 2014. Autologous serum eye drops are used to treat people with ocular surface disorders, such as severe dry eye and epithelial defects. The drops are made by spinning down a patient’s blood to separate out the serum, which is then diluted and can be used as an eye drop to lubricate the eye. Because it comes from the patient’s own biological material, the drops are naturally nonallergenic and more closely resemble actual tears, chemically speaking, than artificial eye drops. A few eye banks around the country have begun to process the eye drops as an added service to their surgeons, and recently, several of Saving Sight’s surgeons have requested it. Some surgeons currently choose not to prescribe autologous serum eye drops, despite the fact that their patients would benefit from them, because the drops are not covered by insurance in most cases and are expensive to purchase out-of-pocket. Saving Sight is in a unique position to apply its technology, familiarity with aseptic technique, and clean processing environments to process the eye drops for patients at a lower cost. The program is an exciting new service that will expand the horizons of the organization and improve the lives of many more people. More information will be provided on saving-sight.org and in other communications as the service develops.

KidSight Screened 300,000th Child on 10/16/13 The KidSight program, formerly named Children’s Vision Screening, reached an incredible milestone: 300,000 children screened. The program began in 1995 as a collaboration between St. Louis Children’s Hospital and local Lions. Saving Sight soon hired staff to grow the program statewide, and now KidSight serves every county in Missouri. In fact, last fiscal year, staff and volunteers screened 42,329 children (ages 6 months to 6 years) for common causes of childhood vision loss, including amblyopia. Using a Plusoptix photoscreening device, technicians take a picture of each child’s eyes, and the device immediately produces a “pass” or “refer” result. For children who receive a “refer” report – historically, about 9 percent of children statewide – the staff strongly encourages their parents to take these children to eye doctors for professional examination and any necessary treatment. The program provides parents with timely, accurate, and free health information so they can preserve their children’s sight. Such a milestone could not be achieved without strong leadership, diligent staff, and enthusiastic volunteers. Meet our staff on page 8. Perspectives | Page 3


Champion of Donation: Michelle Black, RN, BSN, TNS Michelle Black wasn’t always the exceptional supporter of eye, organ, and tissue donation that she is now. As a young charge nurse in the critical care unit at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, she felt a lack of significance in her role in the donation process and a lack of connection to the organizations that coordinated donation there. “There was a stigma surrounding donation in my hospital,” said Michelle. “We didn’t have the communication and education that we do now.” This lack of enthusiasm seems uncharacteristic for the nurse who now serves as Saving Sight’s key contact at St. John’s and who received the “Lifesaving Partner” award from Gift of Hope, the organ procurement organization that serves Springfield. But for Michelle, like so many people, appreciating the importance of donation started with making a connection and putting a face to the cause.

down, and the chair wasn’t very active with the committee,” she reported. “I was already behind the scenes working to improve outcomes for donation, but then I got this committee up and rolling with critical care, pediatrics, and the emergency department.” Michelle and her team work closely with Troy Reddick, the Saving Sight Partner Relations Coordinator for St. John’s, to increase eye donation as well as the representative from Gift of Hope to facilitate organ and tissue donation. Working with Troy and GOH has helped Michelle and her colleagues make connections to the donation process. “I think it’s a huge benefit to have Troy visit the hospital as a resource,” Michelle said. “We have personal relationships with our patients and families, so we want them to know we have a personal relationship with [Saving Sight and GOH]. It makes a very serious situation more personal.”

In 2011, Michelle took over as educator for the adult critical care department and chairperson of the St. John’s Organ and Tissue Donation Committee. In this capacity, she trains every new nurse in the hospital about the donation process. Part of this involves sharing the story of how she “came to realize that the stigma surrounding donation wasn’t helping [her], and it was hindering the life-saving process.” She tells the story of one of her patients, a 21-year-old woman who had elected to donate her organs and tissues. The young woman’s family, a quiet group of people from very modest means, decided to support their daughter’s choice, and this meant a lot to Michelle. She asked herself, “If these people can understand and support her decision, why is it such a challenge for me?” What’s more, Michelle later found out that the young woman’s heart had gone to save the life of a 17-year-old boy in Chicago, and at the time, Michelle’s son was 17 years old. “If I were the mother of the recipient, I’d be so thankful to the donor, so why wouldn’t I be willing to donate?” she asked herself. Each time Michelle tells this story, she says the new nurses often tear up and so does she. It took this meaningful experience and self-reflection to motivate her support of donation at St. John’s, so she shares that with other nurses to help give them the personal connection that she didn’t always have.

Together, they’ve resurrected the support for donation at St. John’s Hospital. Most recently, Michelle and her team held an Illinois Donor Registry drive at the hospital as part of the Hospitals for Hope campaign. Not only did they reach their goal of 751 people registering or reaffirming their registration, but in a single day they reached 825 donors. This kind of success happens by changing the culture of the community, and at St. John’s, this change can be attributed to the internal education and relationshipbuilding undertaken by Michelle and her team. According to Troy Reddick, St. John’s is one of the top donor hospitals for eye tissue in the state. “Everyone here is opening their minds and showing effort,” Michelle said, “and our numbers prove that this change is taking place. We wanted to shine here in the hospital first, so we could say this is who we are and what we believe in and where we came from.” Next up for the St. John’s Organ and Tissue Donation Committee is to expand its educational efforts to the greater Springfield community. The Saving Sight staff is so thankful for Michelle Black’s enthusiasm and drive and looks forward to collaborating with her on future efforts to put a personal touch on the donation process.

Now Michelle is the lead supporter of donation in her hospital. “Our donation committee had dwindled Perspectives | Page 4

To join Michelle and the millio for your state donor registry a


millions of Americans who are registered to be eye, organ, and tissue donors, sign up try at www.donatelife.net or your local Department of Motor Vehicles office. Perspectives | Page 5


Name Change to Saving Sight Focuses Spotlight on Mission On December 1, 2013, the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation and Heartland Lions Eye Banks united under the name Saving Sight. The board of directors approved a motion to streamline the naming structure of the organization at their September meeting as part of a strategic plan. “Saving Sight is going to sharpen the focus of our organization and make it easier to communicate all the great work our staff and volunteers are doing,” said Chief Executive Officer Tony Bavuso. The strategic plan is a five-part document created by staff and board members to guide development over the next three years. Combining the organization’s eye bank operations and charitable vision programs under a single brand identity was a first key step in implementing that plan. “We chose Saving Sight because it clearly and concisely describes what all of our programs are doing to help people,” said Bavuso. “With the strategic plan in place to guide us, now is the time to implement a name change that will help us achieve our mission: we change lives by saving sight.” Saving Sight is continuing to offer industry-leading programs that improve the vision and lives of recipients. Day-to-day interactions with donors, volunteers, recipients, organizational partners, Lions clubs, and other stakeholders have remained largely the same. But the renewed identity will improve Perspectives | Page 6

Saving Sight’s relations to other partners. “We expect the new brand to strengthen our negotiating position with regional and national Accountable Care Organizations and contractors,” said Chief Communications Officer Annie Kuhl. “We’ll be able to generate simpler, more effective communications and increase our fundraising success in order to support our charitable programs.” The outcome, then, involves stronger and more developed programs, which will result in changing more lives by saving sight. “We operate one of the largest eye banks in the country as well as some high-functioning charitable vision programs,” said Bavuso. “Refining the identity of an organization our size has been a complicated task, but I’m excited about what this new name means for our organization.” To learn about the logistics involved in the name change, please view the back cover of this issue. You are invited to read about Saving Sight’s strategic plan as well as view a short video that captures both the history and future of Saving Sight. To do so, visit www.saving-sight.org/about. Want to get more involved? Questions? Please contact pr@saving-sight.org or 800-283-1982.


A look back... 1960 Missouri Lions join forces with University of Missouri-Columbia to form the Lions Eye Tissue Bank. Gift of Sight becomes available in Missouri.

1972 The Eye Research Foundation of Missouri is formalized as a publicly owned, nonprofit organization. Bethesda Eye Foundation (BEF) of Maryland contributes $850,000 to the organization.

1974 Construction begins on new eye banking facility in eastern Columbia, Missouri using BEF funds, contributions from the Missouri Lions, and six acres of land donated by Byron and Gail Keene.

Mission We change lives by saving sight.

Vision To be the global partnership model for how eye banking and charitable vision services can most effectively serve people and communities.

Values Stewardship of Gifts - responsibly handling financial and tissue donations; recognizing and respecting selfless gifts of others by honoring their intended use Integrity - being trustworthy; acting in an ethical way; being authentically mission-driven Collaboration - working with others to achieve our goals, including Lions clubs; seeking long-term partnerships to support our mission Teamwork - working together for a common goal; committing to each other; understanding and respecting each other and other departments; creating synergy Leadership - influencing the industry; being knowledgeable and confident; being calculated risk takers; being recognized as having opinion leaders; being a think tank for the industry

1987 The Missouri Lions rename the Foundation as the Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation and vote to accept financial responsibility for all programs.

1989 Foundation grows into offices in Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri.

1995 A collaboration between St. Louis Children’s Hospital and St. Louis-area Lions results in the piloting of amblyopia screenings for children. MLERF later staffs the program to grow it statewide.

1997 Eye banking operations grow into Kansas and central Illinois, with the cooperation of Kansas and Illinois Lions, prompting the creation of Heartland Lions Eye Banks. The eye bank becomes one of the world’s leading providers of human corneas for transplant and medical research.

2007 Heartland Lions Eye Banks begins to offer tissue processed for Descemet’s Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK) procedures, helping recipients experience reduced recovery times.

2013 Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation and Heartland Lions Eye Banks unite under the name Saving Sight. Children’s Vision Screening is rebranded as KidSight, highlighting the program’s commonalities with other Lions-supported screening programs around the country.

Accountability - exhibiting capable stewardship through transparency; taking responsibility for our decisions and actions

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Meet the Vision Screening Program Team They travel to communities throughout Missouri to screen children and adults for common causes of vision loss. Anyone they detect to be at high risk is then referred to an eye doctor for a professional exam. By receiving timely health information, recipients can get the care they need to treat vision problems before they result in further vision loss. The team recently celebrated the KidSight program reaching 300,000 children screened by staff and volunteers since 1995. If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact your nearest vision screening technician or visit us online at www.saving-sight.org/volunteer.

Sarah Hart SHart@saving-sight.org 816-464-5454 x140 Sarah has screened more children than anyone else employed by Saving Sight: more than 30,000 (at time of publication). She has a BA in Administration of Justice from UMKC, and before working for Saving Sight she spent 2 years working with special needs children and 4 years conducting federal background investigations. Fun Fact: Sarah was born in Kansas City and has lived there her whole life (she’s a huge Royals fan!). She enjoys traveling and has two daughters: Adriana (7) and Rebecca (9 months).

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Lindsey Smillie LSmillie@saving-sight.org 417-569-1026 Lindsey began screening part-time in the Springfield area this past summer. Before that, she has been a licensed massage therapist and a part-time baker and server in a local tea room. Fun Fact: Lindsey has a 6-year-old son, and in her free time she plays guitar and mandolin, sketches, paints, bakes, and tends her indoor and outdoor plants.

Thank You, Lions Volunteers The VSP team would like to thank the hundreds of Lions and other community volunteers who have supported the screening programs over the years. Your enthusiasm and efforts are truly valued. Perspectives | Page 8

Charlee Newton CNewton@saving-sight.org 417-569-1026 Charlee graduated from Missouri State University in 2011 with a degree from the College of Business Administration and sought a career where she could help people. Her work as a screening technician has been “a perfect fit” because she enjoys sharing eye health and safety information in her community. Fun Fact: Charlee has been married for 5 years and is blessed with two beautiful children: Keith and Raylinn.


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Tamara Oberbeck RN M.Ed. TOberbeck@saving-sight.org 800-753-2265 x8518 Since June 2010, Tamara has presided over the vision screening programs as Program Manager. She’s a registered nurse with more than 35 years in the ophthalmological field. Her past work experience includes the International Eye Foundation, Peace Corps, and Columbia Public Schools. Fun Fact: Tamara speaks Spanish and lived abroad for 18 years while working in Central America and the Caribbean.

Jennifer Gallihugh JGallihugh@saving-sight.org 800-753-2265 x8507 Jennifer moved from a technician role to Vision Screening Specialist three years ago. She’s screened more than 23,000 children in her career, but now she spends most of her time managing the referral follow-up process, training new techs, and assisting with program communications and technology. Fun Fact: Jennifer will celebrate her 10th anniversary at Saving Sight next April! In her free time she enjoys photography, hiking, web design, and spending time with her family.

Paige O’Keeffe POkeeffe@saving-sight.org 573-777-8518

St. Louis

Paige earned degrees in classical archaeology and anthropology from Mizzou last December and began in the technician role this past summer. She applied for the job because she loves working with kids and admires the program. Fun Fact: Paige is a Netflix addict and avid reader. When she has the opportunity, she loves to travel.

Salem Sonja Buckley SBuckley@saving-sight.org 800-283-1982 x112

Laura Yohai LYohai@saving-sight.org 573-247-0974 Laura was born and raised in Texas, and her education is in sociology and literature. She moved to Missouri with her husband and began working as a technician in August of 2009. She enjoys working in southern Missouri because she gets to help children in rural communities far between the major cities. Fun Fact: Laura camps, hunts, and fishes a lot with her family. She loves to garden and secretly wants to write a great novel.

Sonja recently celebrated her first year of employment as a technician, screening more than 10,000 children in that time. Sonja found her calling in working with children: she brings 20 years of preschool and private school experience to the job. Fun Fact: Sonja is an avid Blues fan, has a daughter, and was heavily involved in music while growing up.

Volunteer Lion Becky Henderson Becky is a member of the St. Charles Lions club. She is passionate about her work, which honors the memory of her late husband, PID Wayne Henderson, who played an integral role in the program’s inception. She has screened over 44,000 children since 1995. Perspectives | Page 9


Thanks to our generous donors: July 1, 2013 - October 31, 2013 Lions Club Giving

Champion

Friends

Friends

Gifts of $2500 or more Mildred Dial Estate Sarah Billingsley Trust Thorp Foundation

Gifts up to $99 Mrs. Avis Arellanes Ms. Sylvia Armstrong Ms. Vida Ashley Mr. & Mrs. Thomas & Ann Ballard Ms. Brenda Barber Mrs. Mary Blake Ms. Norma Bond Ms. Verna Burchett Mrs. Donna Carlen Mr. Richard Carswell Mr. Ernest Chance Ms. Georganna Clark Continental Title Holding Company David Barton Elementary School Staff Mr. George Davis Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Barbara Elliott Mr. & Mrs. Charles & Joyce Embree Mr. Roy Enloe Mr. George Estabrook Mr. Richard Fede Mr. Larry Fischer Ms. Charlene Friedman Mr. Albert Gates Ms. Joan Goodwin Ms. Mae Gribble Ms. Elsa Guidi Mr. & Mrs. Rex Gump Mr. and Mrs. John Harper Mr. Max Harral Ms. Christina Harris Ms. Eleanor Haughton Mr. Ronald Heinz Ms. Amy Henry Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce Mr. Vernon Humphrey Ms. Gertrude Isringhausen Mr. & Mrs. Owen & Pat Jackson Ms. Leona Jacobs Jasper County Title Company Mr. Alvin Kelley Ms. Darlene Knoerle Mr. Melvin Koester Mr. Richard Litton Mr. & Mrs. Lance & Tina Livesay Mr. & Mrs. John & Kathleen Manion Ms. Doris McCann Mrs. Ellen McDonnell Mrs. Gabriella Mountain Mrs. Fern Newsom Mrs. Belva Niemann Mr. & Mrs. Eric and Linda Otten Ms. Caroline Overton Ms. Jasmine Reese Sr. Teresa Riley Mr. Sherman & Dora Rotskoff Mrs. Norma Russell Ms. Ann Schonhoff Security Abstract & Title, Inc. Ms. Florence Simon Ms. Ava Nell Smith

Gifts up to $99 Mr. Wilson Speer Mr. Donald Stewart Ms. Marjorie Strouse Ms. Mary Lee Tigner Mr. Roger Toelkes Mrs. Nadine Trollinger Ms. Joyce Virtue Lions Ron & DeAnna Walkenbach Mrs. Beverly Warner Ms. Ila M. Watts Ms. Alice Wehmhoener Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Martha Weldon Mr. Doyle Williams Mr. Russell Williamson Mr. Thomas Zach

Leader Gifts of $2499-$1000 Mr. Wayne & PDG Jene Crook Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Affiliated Trusts MFA Foundation

Guardian Gifts of $999-$500 Ms. Laverne Lutte Mr. Dale Nicholls

Defender Gifts of $499-$250 Mr. John Bailey Ms. Eleanor Goodwin PDG John & Lion Kathy Reese VDG Emery Smola

Protector Gifts of $249-$100 Mr. & Mrs. Tony & Julie Bavuso Mr. Glen Brandt Mrs. Shirley Bruner Central Missouri Electric Cooperative Mr. & Mrs. William Chisholm Clayton Corporation Ms. Frances Cooper Ms. Dixie Davidson Mrs. Susan Holley Mrs. Elizabeth Jaeger Ms. Ruth Judd Ms. Doris Kinker Mr. & Mrs. Joe & Annie Kuhl Mrs. Dorothy Laverentz Ms. Norma Lockwood Ms. Ione McIntyre Mr. Lawrence Meyr Oddo Development Ms. Rieta O’Neal Lions Ronald & Mary Pauley Mr. & Mrs. Marion & Carol Pember Mr. Robert Pirmantgen Ms. Madonna Riesenmy PDG Ken Schimel Mrs. Sherma Scott Ms. Effie Simmons Delta Systems Ms. Helen L. Thompson True Manufacturing Company Ms. Helen Vaughan Mr. Henry Waters West Central Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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Gifts in Memory Bob Bachtel Lion Bill Bruner Cecil Cunningham Kay Enloe Lion Lou Erickson Leroy Fenton Dave Harris Gayle Mages PDG Don Matlock Alta Louise Pullman Kathy Snipes Dick Tongate Floyd Allen “Chuck” Townsend PDG Vincil Warren PDG Ralph Wienke

Lion Sight Saver Gifts of $2000 and more Hermann Lions Missouri Lions MD-26 Past District Governor Association, District 26-M5 St. Joseph Host Lions

Lion Patron Gifts of $1999 to $1000 Lee’s Summit Lions

Lion Benefactor Gifts of up to $999 Brookfield Lions Buffalo Lions Camdenton Lions Christian County Lions Columbia 20/20 Lions Columbia Host Lions East Perry County Lions Garden City Noon Lions Grayville Lions Club Harrisonville Lions Hartville Lions Higginsville Lions Holts Summit Lions Jefferson City Breakfast Lions Lexington Lions Louisiana Lions Marceline Lions Missouri Lions District 26-M6 North American Conference of Lions Foundations Orrick Lions Prairie Home Lions Salisbury Lions Smithville Lions Wappapello Lions Wright City Lions

Giving is Easy KidSight and our community vision programs are funded thanks to financial donations from our generous supporters. For example, your gift of $100 will help us screen at least 10 children for common vision problems.

You can make a donation or establish a recurring gift through saving-sight.org/give. You can mail a check to us at: 404 Portland St. Columbia, MO 65201


Saving Sight Partners with Numedis to Offer Memorial Scholarship Saving Sight recently announced its partnership with Numedis, a manufacturer of corneal preservation media, to offer the Jachin Misko Memorial Scholarship for Technical Advancement in Eye Banking. Together, Saving Sight and Numedis will offer up to $2,000 to sponsor an eye bank technician from an EBAAmember eye bank to attend the 2014 Technician Education Seminar (TES) in Tampa, Florida. Leaders of eye banks from around the country nominated promising staff members for the award in December. The scholarship serves as a memorial to Jachin Misko, the former Director of Clinical Services at Saving Sight, who passed away last March. Throughout his career, Misko proved himself a leader in technical innovation who was fueled by a passion for excellence and a desire to seek out improvements in the technical processes of eye banking. He played a pivotal role in establishing Saving Sight’s DSAEK cutting lab and procedures, and he was heavily involved with the EBAA, serving on the Exam Committee, Continuing Education Committee, Medical Review Subcommittee, and Medical Advisory Board. Misko’s work directly impacted the lives of thousands of corneal transplant recipients. “I believe this is a particularly meaningful way to honor Jachin because it represents the impact he had on all of us and on changing lives by saving sight through eye banking,” said Tony Bavuso, chief executive officer of Saving Sight. “I hope this can somehow bring a measure of good out of a tragic loss to all who knew him.” The Jachin Misko Memorial Scholarship for Technical Advancement in Eye Banking will cover travel, registration, and lodging costs for an eye bank technician who shows promise for advancement in the industry. The scholarship is currently established to be offered for the next five years and may be extended beyond the 2018 TES. Through this educational scholarship, Saving Sight and Numedis are proud to honor Jachin’s legacy and support the next generation of leaders in the field of cornea donation and transplantation. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please visit www.saving-sight.org/give, where you can specifically designate your gift to the scholarship. You can also send a check to 404 Portland St., Columbia, MO 65201 with a note stating that your gift is intended to support the Jachin Misko Memorial Scholarship for Technical Advancement in Eye Banking. If you have any questions, please call our development department at 800-283-1982 x107 or email pr@saving-sight.org.

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Connect with Saving Sight As Saving Sight, we’ll continue to provide you with the same sight-saving programs and services. Our office locations and phone numbers have remained the same, but we have had a few technological changes take place since December 1, 2013: Website: saving-sight.org Email: (initial of first name + last name)@saving-sight.org (e.g., JDoe@saving-sight.org)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WeAreSavingSight

Twitter: www.twitter.com/WeSaveSight

Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/WeAreSavingSight

For everyone’s convenience, our old sites and email addresses are automatically redirecting to the new ones. But please update your records and email address books as needed. For more information, visit www.saving-sight.org/contact or contact us at pr@saving-sight.org or 800-283-1982.

Perspectives winter 2013  

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