ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 29, 2021 — The Superior Health Foundation has awarded Eversight a $2,312.40 grant to purchase critical sight-saving clinical supplies that will be used to recover cornea tissue from donors in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
“The Superior Health Foundation recognizes the invaluable work of Eversight in working with families to benefit others with vision issues,” said Jim LaJoie, Executive Director, Superior Health Foundation. “Eversight performs meaningful, heartfelt and engaging work. We are honored to play a role in ensuring its continued success.”
Over the past three years, Eversight has worked with the families of 185 Upper Peninsula residents who gave the gift of sight as eye donors to benefit cornea transplantation, vision research and clinical education. In 2020 alone, Eversight worked with 30 Upper Peninsula donors and their families, and provided 34 cornea tissues for transplant for Upper Peninsula residents in need of sight-restoring surgeries.
“This generous gift from the Superior Health Foundation has the potential to help individuals all across the Upper Peninsula,” said Alex Teska, Philanthropy Director, Eversight. “We are so thankful for this partnership which will help ensure that nobody goes without the precious gift of sight.”
The Superior Health Foundation’s mission is to assist with unmet healthcare needs, health education, and programs and research on preventing illness and promoting health in the Upper Peninsula. Their gift to Eversight will ensure the purchase of enough recovery supplies to honor the wishes of up to 12 Upper Peninsula donors giving the gift of sight.
Lion Gretchen Preston wrote a letter to the Superior Health Foundation advocating for this grant to Eversight. She and her guide dog attended the Foundation's October 27 fall grants celebration to accept the award on behalf of Eversight. (The Mining Journal photo by Katie Segula)
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 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.