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February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

When I was younger I was the kid everyone picked on and bullied. Why? It is because I had very bad eyes. My glasses were very thick and only got thicker over the years. "Coke bottles" and four eyes were a part of my daily life.When I got older I found out that adults were no better with the taunting remarks. I was even married at a young age to a man who used to hide my glasses when he to work. I am of course no longer with that one, but it just goes to show that kids are not the only ones who can belittle or bully someone just because of a disability. I went to see my family eye doctor about 12 years ago and he told me at that time that along with the astigmatism and myopia, I also had cataracts in both eyes and pin holes in my Retinas, and if left untreated my Retinas would detach, and he said they could no longer find a viable prescription for my eyes and that I definitely needed surgery as soon as possible. I could not afford the surgery at that time as I had no insurance and no money. Someone told me to talk to the local Lions Club in the town where I worked, they introduced me to the President of that Club, He told me that their Club could not do anything on their own to help me but that they knew of the Mid-South Lions in Memphis that maybe could. So with that he contacted them and within a week I was at one of their 8 satellite clinics being seen by one of the top Doctors in this state. I found out that the Doctors volunteer their services to the patients, this Doctor told me he had never seen eyes as bad as mine and he wanted to my case personally. That was the beginning of a 2 year process that included four procedures on each eye and today, now, I have near perfect vision. Mid-South took care of everything for me at no cost to me even for the yearly follow-ups since the beginning. I would never be able to re-pay or thank them enough for giving me the future that they have. Without them I am sure I would be blind today, with no hope of a life without blindness. I wish I could do more to help them help others. I used to cry tears of sadness on a daily basis now I cry tears of joy daily, for the sight they have given me and the love, caring, and concern that they have shown to me over all these years. Thank you Mid-South Lions.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...my everyday life and in the fact that I am no longer legally blind because of them.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would find a way to see that they could help every single person in need the way they helped me and that they would never have to struggle with the finances.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Through a local Lion's Club

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

They have literally saved my sight and have given me a new lease on life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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