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Celebrating Sight: Conference Has Provided More than $800k in Vision-Saving Eye Treatment

7/7/2022

Dear Ms. Childs,

I write with gratitude to you and trustees for your steadfast support of The Emory Eye Center's Pediatric Ophthalmology Program. Your investment will have a lasting impact on our patients and their families, allowing ophthalmologists and Eye Center specialists to provide compassionate, collaborative care for the diagnosis and treatment of children's vision programs. 

Thank you again for your generosity.

Sincerely,
Gregory L Fenves
President, Emory University

 
Julie Childs, chair of the Conference Board of Trustees, received this letter from Emory University's president recently, thanking you, the North Georgia Conference.

The North Georgia Conference's Park Eye Fund was set up for the purpose of addressing eye diseases for persons with insufficient financial resources and who would go blind if not treated. 

In 2019, our Conference Board of Trustees established a relationship with Emory Eye Center with the anticipated usage of the fund to provide Infant Aphakia Surgery and Glaucoma medicine for persons not able to afford the procedure or the care. They have since added an additional approved procedure for an eye cornea disease called Keratoconus. This eye disease is progressive, irreversible, and leads to blindness. The procedure to correct disease is called Crosslinking. 

The Board of Trustees has urged Emory Eye Center staff to use the funds for urgent and important procedures that, left untreated, would result in blindness and for persons without financial means to afford the procedures. 

Since 2019, our Conference has provided more than $800,000 in assistance, which has provided crosslinking surgery for 62 children and young adults and glaucoma medicine for 75 patients. This means 137 people have kept the gift of sight thanks to these funds. The balance of the fund is approximately $416,000.

Thank you to our Conference Trustees and our Annual Conference for being the body of Christ at work in the world!

"He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free." (Lk. 4:18)


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