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Local foundation gives gift of sight to seven children
Local foundation gives gift of sight to seven children

Zephyrhills, FL -- When children who have lost their sight are given the opportunity to see again, lives are changed forever. 

On Friday, February 18, the Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring in Zephyrhills granted $20,000 to the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research in Tampa. 

This grant will provide sight to seven children who were previously unable to afford the needed corneal transplant. The funding provided by FMC Foundation of Caring will cover the cost of not only the corneal tissue as well as surgical recovery, tissue evaluation for suitability, serological testing and all other required supplies. 

In addition to the corneal transplants, the funds were also be used to underwrite the cost of the regional Braille Challenge - the only program in Tampa Bay that directly impacts blind students, their families and their teachers. Sixty children, their parents and teachers were provided a daylong educational experience to help the children develop the skills they need to become successful adults.

“We are extremely grateful for this grant and are so pleased to help fund two extremely beneficial initiatives,” Jason Woody, president and CEO of LEITR said in a statement. “This grant will not only help give the gift of sight, but will help give the blind and visually impaired hope for a better future.”

Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring raises funds solely for the benefit of our communities and the programs that promote the well being of area families. In the five short years of its existence, it has gifted $1 million to the local community. The Foundation of Caring, a public charity, was established in 2005 as the charitable arm of the Florida Medical Clinic. 

Unlike other medical foundations, the Foundation of Caring is not self serving.  It does not build the clinic another wing, or purchase new medical equipment.  Instead, all monies raised by the Foundation of Caring are gifted to local community charities.  The clinic is grateful for all their patients and the Foundation of Caring is one of the ways the clinic can show its appreciation.

For more information about the Foundation of Caring or the organizations we support please contact Keri Everlove White at 813-783-9932 or visit our website at www.FMCFoundationOfCaring.org.

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