Thanks to the efforts of MLERF, I have been able to receive world-class eye care at one of the premier eye car institutes in Boston. Without their efforts, it is possible I could have gone many years before discovering my specific eye condition because it's fairly uncommon and while hereditary, I was adopted and was unable to track this condition back to family members.
As a member of the Northampton Lions Club I was well aware of the fundraising efforts of MLERF. Last year I was asked to be on the Board of Directors for this amazing organization. I can now experience first hand the honor and excitement of being involved with the fundraising efforts to provide the seed monies for research with the preservation and restoration of sight for people affected by vision loss. MLERF has over a 60 year history for raising funds donating over 32 million dollars to Boston area research institutes. One hundred percent of the monies raised are used for research grants. Go MLERF!!!!!
Lion Maryann Bankman
Without grants from the Mass Lions Eye Research Foundation ground breaking research toward ending preventable blindness would be curtailed. These grants provide the seed money necessary for researchers to prove their work.
I highly recommend Massachusetts Lions Eye Research. This organizations provides research money to Eye Institutes for projects that will improve vision and prevent vision loss. Some of these research projects include studies on Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Premature Baby Blindness.
Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund (MLERF) is the leading organization for funding emerging, cutting-edge vision research in New England. From their first grant of $5,000 over 60 years ago that solved the riddle as to why pre-mature infants were going blind in incubators, to today's drug-eluding contact lenses for Glaucoma, MLERF has been at the forefront of financial support that has changed the lives of tens of thousands of individuals across New England and across the globe.
MLERF has been instrumental in the Lions effort of eradicating preventable blindness. It is important to remember 100 percent of the monies received in a lion project is used working for and with the community.
I have been a Lion for 38 years and during the 38 years I have watched Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund do amazing things, break ground toward eliminating Blindness though ouy the world.
MLERF has provided over $32 million in research grants since its founding and is one of the very few funds or foundations that provides grants for PURE research. EVERY penny that is donated to MLERF goes to research. No donations are used for any expenses. All the work of the MLERF is done by Lions who are volunteer members of Lions Clubs International, the largest service organization in the world. The first grant made by MLERF of $5,000 led to the discovery of the cause of Retinopathy of Prematurity or "baby blindness."
I have never seen a more responsive group. Their willingness to help those in need 24/7 has changed so many lives!
This fund, run by the Lions of Massachusetts, donates the much needed
"seed money" for new research on sight related diseases. With a MLERFI grant , researchers can test their hypotheses and then apply for more major funding. The first grant led to the prevention of baby blindness due to over oxygenation in incubators, saving the sight of thousands. The Lions clubs of Massachusetts raise funds through pancake breakfasts, fairs, etc., and donate approximately 1 million dollars a year to halt blindness.
I have been a member of the Millis Lions Club for 25 years. The work we do for both eye research and our community is extremely rewarding. The research and development done to cure blindness is absolutely wonderful. We don't do this for ourselves but for the benefit of others especially those that can't afford quality health care.
Monies raised for MLERF go 100% towards research grants that can save eyesight. Were it not for these monies raised and awarded as grants since the 1950s we may not have had the advances we now take for granted
The Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund Inc donates approximately one million dollars annually to area eye research facilities. This money gives researchers the needed seed money for multiple research trials to prove the worth of their promising research.
100% of money donated to this fund goes towards eye research. Without this seed money, many of the researchers would have to fold up their tents and find funding from some other source.
Most of the Lions Clubs in Massachusetts, raise money for the research into eye diseases, funded by grants from the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. 100% of the money raised by the Lions Clubs for eye research is given to various research laboratories, to fund grant requests. No individual in the Corporation is paid, all volunteers Over $30 millions has be distributed since 1952. Many of the treatments and procedures today are a result of that funding. Many individuals that cannot afford treatment have received eye care, including surgeries from the hospitals that receive funds from the Lions Clubs, Eye Research fund.