CHICAGO, Nov. 7, 2023 – The Grainger Foundation has awarded Eversight a $5,500 grant to support general operations. This gift will help transform the lives of cornea transplant recipients, donors and their families in Illinois and beyond.
In 2022, Eversight worked with the families of 1,760 Illinois residents who gave the gift of sight as eye donors to benefit vision transplantation, research and education. Local surgeons relied on Eversight to provide 1,269 tissues for safe transplantation for Illinois patients in need.
“Eversight recovers, prepares and provides donated eye tissue for more than 7,500 sight restoring corneal transplants every year in Illinois and around the world,” said Marta Garczarczyk, Philanthropy Director, Eversight. “The Grainger Foundation’s support is instrumental in continuing that impact while giving hope and restoring independence to Illinois residents living with vision impairment.”
The Grainger Foundation is an independent private foundation based in Lake Forest, Ill. The foundation provides substantive support to a broad range of organizations including educational, medical, cultural and human services institutions.
Eversight is a nonprofit organization with a mission to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research. The Eversight network is responsible for recovering, evaluating and providing human eye tissue for transplantation; supporting research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions; promoting donation awareness through public and professional education; and providing humanitarian aid to people around the world in need of corneal transplantation. Operating in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and South Korea, Eversight works in collaboration with surgeons, researchers, academic medical centers and eye banks across the United States and abroad. For more information, visit eversightvision.org.