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Eversight names Diane Hollingsworth as interim President/CEO
Feb 3, 2021
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 3, 2021 — Eversight today announced that Diane Hollingsworth has been named interim President/CEO of the nonprofit eye bank network, effective March 5. President/CEO David Bosch will step down on March 5 after six years of contributions to Eversight and the greater... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 3, 2021 — Eversight today announced that Diane Hollingsworth has been... read more
New Members Named to Eversight Board of Directors
Jan 4, 2021
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 4, 2021 — Eversight has announced that two new members have been named to three-year terms on its Board of Directors. Joining the board are Carol Cunningham, MD, FAAEM, FAEMS, State Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS, and... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 4, 2021 — Eversight has announced that two new members have been named... read more
Celebrating 50 years in New Jersey: 1970-2020
Dec 31, 2020
In 1970, a group of men and women known as the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs—a fraternal organization working to promote personal and social development— saw a critical Garden State need. They collaborated with the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey on a plan. The need was the... read more
In 1970, a group of men and women known as the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs—a fraternal... read more
Eversight-led research confirms presence of SARS-CoV-2 in postmortem ocular tissue
Nov 19, 2020
CLEVELAND, Nov. 19, 2020 — Eversight today announced research findings showing a small but noteworthy prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in ocular tissues from individuals who died from COVID-19. The findings were presented Nov. 7 at the 2020 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum and Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in... read more
CLEVELAND, Nov. 19, 2020 — Eversight today announced research findings showing a small but... read more
One child’s heroic battle with cancer leads to immeasurable good
Nov 18, 2020
Patti Gustafson and her husband Allen lead the Swifty Foundation, established with their late son, Michael, to raise research funds and awareness for the pediatric brain cancer he battled before his death at age 15. Patti recently spoke to our Eversight staff and at our Illinois gathering of... read more
Patti Gustafson and her husband Allen lead the Swifty Foundation, established with their late... read more
Oct 30, 2020
Every November, we join our Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) colleagues to celebrate the life-changing impact of cornea donation and transplantation—and recognize all those who donate the gift of sight for others for transplantation or critically needed vision research. This year, Eye... read more
Every November, we join our Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) colleagues to celebrate the... read more
Michigan healthcare leaders, Muslim communities to convene on ‘Building Healthy Communities’ and lifegiving donation/transplantation Nov. 19
Oct 28, 2020
‘Profound Conversation’ hosted by Eversight and the Muslim Life Planning Institute ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 28, 2020 — Eversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network, and Muslim Life Planning Institute (MLPI), a national community-building organization, will host “Building Healthy... read more
‘Profound Conversation’ hosted by Eversight and the Muslim Life Planning Institute ANN ARBOR,... read more
COVID-19 & the eye
Oct 15, 2020
By Onkar B. Sawant, PhD, Director of Research Oct. 15, 2020 — From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us involved with eye donation, cornea transplantation and vision research have taken every precaution to keep patients safe. With so many unknowns surrounding SARS-CoV-2—the virus that... read more
By Onkar B. Sawant, PhD, Director of Research Oct. 15, 2020 — From the start of the COVID-19... read more
Eversight honors sight advocates in four states for exceptional mission support
Aug 11, 2020
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 11, 2020 — A Michigan ophthalmologist and philanthropic advocate, an Ohio organ procurement organization, the mother of a New Jersey cornea and eye tissue donor, a supply chain technology and innovations firm, and an Illinois Lions Club have all been honored with... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 11, 2020 — A Michigan ophthalmologist and philanthropic advocate, an... read more
Eversight awarded targeted research grant to analyze COVID-19 effects on eye donation
Jun 8, 2020
CLEVELAND, June 8, 2020 — Eversight has been awarded an Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) Targeted Research Grant to investigate COVID-19 testing of potential eye tissue donors and how COVID-19 infection affects the safety of eye tissues donated for sight-restoring transplants. Individuals... read more
CLEVELAND, June 8, 2020 — Eversight has been awarded an Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)... read more
We stand for healing and changing lives for the better.
Jun 3, 2020
Eversight stands in solidarity with our multicultural partners and communities and all those taking action for peace, social justice and equity for all in our society. Racism and violence have no place. We urge action to heal, lift up and change lives for the better. Recognize the loss of... read more
Eversight stands in solidarity with our multicultural partners and communities and all those... read more
A gift too monumental for words
May 27, 2020
Patrick Pruitt's sight was restored with a cornea transplant when he was just 6 years old. Today, Patrick is celebrating 30 years with the same cornea. In that time, he has shared his story with countless others, served on the Eversight Michigan Advisory Board and pursued a challenging career in... read more
Patrick Pruitt's sight was restored with a cornea transplant when he was just 6 years old. Today,... read more
Ongoing COVID-19 updates from Eversight
May 18, 2020
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Faith-based, healthcare leaders to convene Arena™ ‘Profound Conversations’ April 4 addressing organ, eye and tissue donation, transplantation
Mar 9, 2020
UPDATE (9 a.m. ET, Oct. 28, 2020) — This event has been rescheduled. Please see our news announcement for complete details.Southeast Michigan initiative intended for replication in additional U.S. cities ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 9, 2020 — Eversight, the Ann Arbor-based global eye bank network,... read more
UPDATE (9 a.m. ET, Oct. 28, 2020) — This event has been rescheduled. Please see our news... read more
Join the Illinois Auxiliary Board
Feb 26, 2020
Eversight, a 501(c)3 charitable organization established in Chicago in 1947, is the largest nonprofit eye bank network. We work with the families of those who donate the gift of sight, and with surgeons and researchers to ensure safe, successful sight-restoring transplants for more than 8,000... read more
Eversight, a 501(c)3 charitable organization established in Chicago in 1947, is the largest... read more
New Chair, Members Named to Eversight Board of Directors
Jan 7, 2020
Appointments effective Jan. 1, 2020 ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 7, 2020 — Eversight today announced that two new members and a new chair have been named to its Board of Directors effective Jan. 1, 2020. Joining the Eversight Board of Directors are Carolyn Welsh, Vice President & Chief Clinical... read more
Appointments effective Jan. 1, 2020 ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 7, 2020 — Eversight today announced... read more
Grant Supports Sight Restoration for Connecticut Patients in Need
Dec 17, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Dec. 17, 2019 — Eversight recently received a $25,000 grant from the Connecticut Eye Bank and Visual Research Foundation to help restore eyesight to under- or uninsured patients in Connecticut unable to afford the cost of a cornea transplant surgery. In 2019, Eversight waived... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Dec. 17, 2019 — Eversight recently received a $25,000 grant from the Connecticut... read more
#EyeDonationMonth
Nov 30, 2019
This month we celebrate eye donation and the power YOU have to make vision a reality. Whether you're learning about eye donation for the first time or are a donor family member like Alice Walsh, YOU have the power to restore sight and prevent blindness. Spread the power of eye donation... read more
This month we celebrate eye donation and the power YOU have to make vision a... read more
Eversight Awarded $50,000 to Investigate Cell Expansion to Address Global Cornea Shortage
Nov 12, 2019
CLEVELAND, Nov. 12, 2019 — Eversight today announced the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) awarded a $50,000 High Impact Research Grant to the organization and its research partners to investigate cell expansion aiming to mitigate the global shortage of surgical-quality donor corneas... read more
CLEVELAND, Nov. 12, 2019 — Eversight today announced the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)... read more
My life and the lives of my family are forever changed.
Oct 21, 2019
Ten years ago, I was given the gift of sight. This gift has allowed me to see and share in weddings, graduations, birthdays and the birth of my grandchildren. It allows me to reach out and volunteer. It allows me to share ice cream cones with sprinkles late at night with my college-age... read more
Ten years ago, I was given the gift of sight. This gift has allowed me to see and share in... read more
LLamasoft Partners with Global Eye Bank, Eversight
Oct 8, 2019
Leveraging leading supply chain optimization and simulation technology to maximize the impact of nonprofit’s mission to restore sight and prevent blindness ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 8, 2019 – LLamasoft, the leading provider of enterprise supply chain design and decision-making solutions, is proud... read more
Leveraging leading supply chain optimization and simulation technology to maximize the impact of... read more
LLamasoft Partners with Global Eye Bank, Eversight
Oct 8, 2019
Leveraging leading supply chain optimization and simulation technology to maximize the impact of nonprofit’s mission to restore sight and prevent blindness ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 8, 2019 – LLamasoft, the leading provider of enterprise supply chain design and decision-making solutions, is proud... read more
Leveraging leading supply chain optimization and simulation technology to maximize the impact of... read more
2019 grant recipients pursue essential optical research
Oct 4, 2019
2019 Eye & Vision Research Grants were awarded to investigators at Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan Medical School, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Tufts Medical Center to advance promising eye and... read more
2019 Eye & Vision Research Grants were awarded to investigators at Kellogg Eye Center at the... read more
Eversight first to offer preloaded DMEK in DORC tube
Sep 24, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 24, 2019 — Eversight today announced it is the first eye bank to prepare preloaded Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) tissue in the Melles DORC tube, offering corneal surgeons more preloaded tissue options that further streamline surgeries and reduce... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 24, 2019 — Eversight today announced it is the first eye bank to prepare... read more
Eversight first to offer preloaded DMEK in DORC tube
Sep 24, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 24, 2019 — Eversight today announced it is the first eye bank to prepare preloaded Descemet membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) tissue in the Melles DORC tube, offering corneal surgeons more preloaded tissue options that further streamline surgeries and reduce... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 24, 2019 — Eversight today announced it is the first eye bank to prepare... read more
Eversight relocates Ann Arbor headquarters to larger facility
Aug 27, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 27, 2019 — Eversight today announced it has moved its headquarters to a state-of-the-art facility located at 3985 Research Park Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. The office and laboratory space brings all Michigan clinical, philanthropic and business team members under one roof.... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 27, 2019 — Eversight today announced it has moved its headquarters to a... read more
Chicago Philanthropist Sherry Lea Holson, Eye Surgeon David M. Lubeck to be Honored at ‘Mystery Masquerade’ Benefiting Sight Restoration
Aug 13, 2019
Update 10/23/19: Preview the silent and live auction packages available! CHICAGO, Aug. 13, 2019 — Chicago’s business and civic communities will gather Oct. 24 to celebrate philanthropist Sherry Lea Holson as its 2019 Woman of Vision and surgeon David M. Lubeck, M.D., as its 2019 Gift of... read more
Update 10/23/19: Preview the silent and live auction packages available! CHICAGO, Aug. 13, 2019... read more
2018 Impact Report
Aug 1, 2019
You and so many others share this mission with us. Because of you, we have the privilege to transform the lives of people through corneal transplantation and crucial eye and vision research. Every accomplishment motivates us to find new ways to expand our reach, connect more effectively with... read more
You and so many others share this mission with us. Because of you, we have the privilege to... read more
Eversight Awards 2019 Eye & Vision Research Grants
Jul 22, 2019
CLEVELAND, July 22, 2019—Eversight today announced it has awarded grants through the Eversight Center for Vision and Eye Banking Research to investigators at Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan Medical School, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Wayne State University School... read more
CLEVELAND, July 22, 2019—Eversight today announced it has awarded grants through the Eversight... read more
Eversight Awards 2019 Eye & Vision Research Grants
Jul 22, 2019
CLEVELAND, July 22, 2019—Eversight today announced it has awarded grants through the Eversight Center for Vision and Eye Banking Research to investigators at Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan Medical School, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Wayne State University School... read more
CLEVELAND, July 22, 2019—Eversight today announced it has awarded grants through the Eversight... read more
David Bosch Named Eversight President/CEO
Jul 1, 2019
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 1, 2019 — The Eversight Board of Directors today announced the appointment of David Bosch as president/CEO of the nonprofit organization, which operates in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and South Korea to restore sight and prevent blindness through... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 1, 2019 — The Eversight Board of Directors today announced the appointment... read more
Science With Scarlett
Jun 15, 2019
Science With Scarlett is a children's picture book series about a young girl scientist and her teddy bear assistant who do amazing experiments with the reader.The first book in the series is What Color Will It Be? and 15% of the proceeds go to Eversight! Discover something new with Scarlett and... read more
Science With Scarlett is a children's picture book series about a young girl scientist and her... read more
Eversight and Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital unveil eye bank in Pakistan
May 24, 2019
The first of three new world-class eye banks through an Eversight collaboration with Pakistani medical professionals and vision health organizations has opened at Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan—a project years in the making. Pakistan President Arif Alvi attended the eye... read more
The first of three new world-class eye banks through an Eversight collaboration with Pakistani... read more
November is Eye Donation Month!
Nov 30, 2018
Since it was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, Eye Donation Month is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the importance of registering to be a donor, cornea donation and transplantation. This year’s Eye Donation Month campaign is centered around the theme The Power of... read more
Since it was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, Eye Donation Month is the perfect... read more
Cornea transplants offer young recipient a chance for an enriched life
Oct 31, 2018
Duaa Babekr was just 4 years old when she began experiencing vision problems. Realizing their daughter—the second oldest of their five children—would have to struggle to do things that came naturally to other kids was heartbreaking for her parents, but they tried to stay positive. “It... read more
Duaa Babekr was just 4 years old when she began experiencing vision problems. Realizing their... read more
Oct 31, 2018
Born with congenital glaucoma, Lily Schlafauser has dealt with eye problems since birth. She underwent her first cornea transplant at just 15 months old, and has had three more since. "Constant doctors visits, surgeries and eye drops have become a normal part of her life," said Lily's mother,... read more
Born with congenital glaucoma, Lily Schlafauser has dealt with eye problems since birth. She... read more
Oct 31, 2018
Alicia Linde was 16 years old when she was diagnosed with glaucoma. Suddenly, as a high school student, she was thrown into a world of eye tests, doctor visits and the prospect of losing her sight in just a matter of years. “It was very hard to feel normal at that age when you’re dealing... read more
Alicia Linde was 16 years old when she was diagnosed with glaucoma. Suddenly, as a high school... read more
Everyone has a story
Aug 30, 2018
Dr. Wajid Ali Khan hears all the heart-wrenching stories. A son wants to donate one of his corneas so his father can see again. A distraught mother doesn’t know how she will care for her children if she can’t see. A husband is the lone bread-winner of the family, but his job is in... read more
Dr. Wajid Ali Khan hears all the heart-wrenching stories. A son wants to donate one of his... read more
‘Eversight is committed to supporting research that may potentially lead to innovative therapies and treatments’
Aug 7, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Eversight has awarded five grants totaling $95,000 through its Center for Eye and Vision Research. The awards were determined by an independent review panel composed of distinguished scientists, ophthalmologists and health services researchers, who selected projects that... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Eversight has awarded five grants totaling $95,000 through its Center for Eye... read more
Colton’s story
Apr 24, 2018
In the middle of a hot Michigan summer, Colton Thompson and his brothers set off for the pond on the family’s property. Colton’s brother had saved up money for a shiny new fishing lure, and it was time to test it out. Along the water’s edge Colton knelt down to tie his shoe, just as... read more
In the middle of a hot Michigan summer, Colton Thompson and his brothers set off for the pond... read more
Eversight names David Bosch as new President
Apr 17, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — David Bosch, an Illinois native and 22-year veteran in eye, organ and tissue donation, has been promoted to President of Eversight, a nonprofit organization restoring sight and preventing blindness around the world. A respected leader in the field of eye banking, Bosch most... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — David Bosch, an Illinois native and 22-year veteran in eye, organ and tissue... read more
Cornea Society bestows highest award to Eversight Medical Director
Apr 2, 2018
Alan Sugar, M.D., a current member of the Eversight Medical Advisory Board, has been awarded the Cornea Society’s Castroviejo Medal, the highest honor given by the organization. The medal, named in honor of Ramon Castroviejo, the father of modern cornea transplant surgery, is given each year... read more
Alan Sugar, M.D., a current member of the Eversight Medical Advisory Board, has been awarded the... read more
Seeing is believing
Mar 15, 2018
They came to the United States for training and left with the knowledge to transform lives through the gift of sight. Seven surgeons from three countries converged on Eversight for three separate, week-long crash courses on eye banking this winter, observing everything from Eversight... read more
They came to the United States for training and left with the knowledge to transform lives... read more
‘My own personal heroes’
Mar 15, 2018
One of Barbara Van Dorn’s two cornea transplants has a small, barely noticeable “S” stamp. The marker helps physicians position the ultra-thin cornea during the surgical process. But for Barbara, the “S” means something else entirely. “It should stand for Superman,” she... read more
One of Barbara Van Dorn’s two cornea transplants has a small, barely noticeable “S”... read more
A gift that keeps giving
Mar 13, 2018
Julie May thought no one would want her eyes. She was born with congenital cataracts and had one removed more than 25 years ago. So why join the Donor Registry? It’s not like she could donate anyway ... At least that’s what she assumed. But as a Lions District Governor in Michigan,... read more
Julie May thought no one would want her eyes. She was born with congenital cataracts and had... read more
Eversight Board members inducted into Michigan Lions Hall of Fame
Feb 9, 2018
When Gary Babcock and Robert (Bob) Sturgis, two devoted Eversight Board members, became Lions more than four decades ago, it was never for personal recognition or public gratitude. They just wanted to make a difference in their communities and state. In acknowledgement of their significant... read more
When Gary Babcock and Robert (Bob) Sturgis, two devoted Eversight Board members, became Lions more... read more
Inform. Inspire. Influence.
Feb 6, 2018
With a kind heart, fierce mind and brave spirit, Connor Walsh dreamed of a career in the criminal justice field. He loved helping others, whether it was at school and community outreach events, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout or working as an emergency medical technician (EMT) when he was 16... read more
With a kind heart, fierce mind and brave spirit, Connor Walsh dreamed of a career in the... read more
Eversight grants reveal a world of possibility
Jan 8, 2018
Eversight is accepting 2018 grant applications from Jan. 8 to Apr. 2. Visit our research grant page for more... read more
Eversight is accepting 2018 grant applications from Jan. 8 to Apr. 2. Visit our research grant... read more
9 recipients of 2017 Eye & Vision Research Grants
Jan 8, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Eversight, a global nonprofit network of eye banks, has awarded nine grants totaling $155,323 through its Center for Eye and Vision Research. The awards were determined by an independent review panel composed of distinguished scientists, ophthalmologists and health services... read more
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Eversight, a global nonprofit network of eye banks, has awarded nine grants... read more
Support the gift of sight
Jan 5, 2018
Celebrating Sight honors the healing connections we make through donation and transplantation in the face of adversity. In this collection you will read real letters from donor families and recipients and see favorite sights shared by friends who support our mission.  These stories reflect the... read more
Celebrating Sight honors the healing connections we make through donation and transplantation in... read more
Glaucoma Awareness Month
Jan 1, 2018
Make a resolution for healthy vision in 2018. Glaucoma is a condition in which high pressure within the eye causes damage to the optic nerve, resulting in partial vision loss or blindness. The best defense against developing glaucoma-related blindness is by having routine, comprehensive eye exams.... read more
Make a resolution for healthy vision in 2018. Glaucoma is a condition in which high pressure within... read more
Eversight receives EBAA research grant targeted at improving cornea transplants
Nov 7, 2017
May 26, 2017—Eversight received a $5,160 grant from the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) for research being conducted to reduce and prevent fungal infection in cornea transplants. Although the underlying reason has yet to be identified, global incidence of fungal infections are steadily... read more
May 26, 2017—Eversight received a $5,160 grant from the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)... read more
Eversight and Statline announce groundbreaking eye bank software solution
Nov 7, 2017
April 20, 2017—Eversight and Statline, a leading service provider in the donation and transplant community, announced that they have joined forces to develop an integrated software solution that meets the changing needs of the eye bank community. “We are combining the market and domain... read more
April 20, 2017—Eversight and Statline, a leading service provider in the donation and transplant... read more
New bill in Illinois
Nov 7, 2017
Registered eye, organ and tissue donors in Illinois can now be as young as 16 years old under a measure signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday at the University of Chicago Medicine. House Bill 1805, also known as the Drive for Life act, gives thousands more Illinoisans the opportunity to join... read more
Registered eye, organ and tissue donors in Illinois can now be as young as 16 years old under a... read more
Grant helps Chicago’s uninsured
Nov 7, 2017
Eversight received a $14,000 grant from Impact 100 Chicago for its Gift of Sight program that provides charitable tissue services to patients needing a cornea transplant at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The mission of Impact 100 Chicago is to award grants to local nonprofit... read more
Eversight received a $14,000 grant from Impact 100 Chicago for its Gift of Sight program that... read more
A gift for knowledge
Nov 7, 2017
June 15, 2017—Eversight is brimming with some of the most knowledgeable and talented professionals in eye banking because of a commitment to employee development. That promise to cultivate staff growth and skill continues thanks to the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation and a $10,000 grant to... read more
June 15, 2017—Eversight is brimming with some of the most knowledgeable and talented... read more
Vision for a nation
Sep 11, 2017
Joining forces with the country’s leading hospitals and vision health organizations, Eversight is developing sustainable solutions to assist the nearly 250,000 Pakistanis suffering with blindness. Collin Ross, Vice President of Global Development, is leading the initiative approved in... read more
Joining forces with the country’s leading hospitals and vision health organizations, Eversight is... read more
‘Their gifts are going to live on a long time’
Sep 11, 2017
They squeezed into the operating room until no one else could fit. Doctors, residents and trainees from the Philippines province of Iloilo stood shoulder to shoulder and watched closely as Dr. Eli Moses got to work. He couldn’t have imagined performing a cornea transplant in front of dozens of... read more
They squeezed into the operating room until no one else could fit. Doctors, residents and trainees... read more
Advancing knowledge
Sep 11, 2017
Dr. Jonathan H. Lass spends a lot of time pondering the future. He has treated thousands of patients as a corneal surgeon at University Hospitals Eye Institute and mentored young physicians for decades as the Charles I Thomas Professor of Ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University. But... read more
Dr. Jonathan H. Lass spends a lot of time pondering the future. He has treated thousands of... read more
Thanking Katie
Sep 11, 2017
Nov. 7, 2016, was a day September Vaudrey anticipated for more than eight years. She was finally going to meet the person who received the gift of sight from her daughter, Katie. Katie passed away unexpectedly in 2008, and though she was only 19 years old, she experienced more joy, love and... read more
Nov. 7, 2016, was a day September Vaudrey anticipated for more than eight years. She was finally... read more