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Above: Mobile Health Screening Van Makes First Visit to an Aiken County School.

Below: Lions promote vision awareness at USCA special event in honor of Meredith Legg Stapleton, former collegiate basketball player who battled a rare ocular cancer

   

 SIGHT CONSERVATION

For over 15 years, the Aiken Mid-Day Lions Club have provided assistance to individuals living in the Aiken area that require eye surgeries, eye exams, eye glasses or specialized equipment needed to improve vision.  Through our partnership with local doctors, eye care centers and South Carolina Lions Charitable Services, the Aiken Mid-Day Lions provide this service to individuals that otherwise cannot afford to pay for the services.

For more information regarding application for vision or hearing services, contact:

 Lion Kathy Iwert kri1208@att.net  803.599.8808

For information about securing the Vision & Hearing Screening Van or scheduling the SPOTVision for screening service, contact:

Lion Joanne Cadotte jmcadotte@gforcecable.com 803.642.0486

 

Aiken Mid-Day Lions also collects used cell phones, hearing aids, and prescriptive eyeglasses (readers too!). If you would like to donate any of those items, please give us a call. 

If you have a pair of eyeglasses no longer being used, please consider donating them to Aiken Mid-Day Lions Club.  Eyeglass collection boxes can be found at the following locations: 

  • Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce
  • Tom Young/Allstate Insurance (next to Home Depot)
  • Kalmia Landing Clubhouse
  • St. Gerard's Church
  • St. Mary's Church
  • Friendship Baptist Church
  • AGY
  • Shepard Blood Center
  • Edward Jones on Silver Bluff Rd
  • Salvation Army Family Stores on Richland Ave and Silver Bluff Rd
  • Aiken Electric Co-op
  • Eye Care One on Richland Ave
  • Aiken Opthomology

 If your organization is planning a mission trip and would like to take reconditioned glasses for distribution to those in need, please contact:

Vicki Major  vick54@atlanticbb.net

(Eyeglass/Hearing Aid/Cell Phone Collection)

Lion Vickie Rich accepts eyeglasses at her workplace    

Pictured Above Right: The family of Carly Prosser, an inspiring little girl with an equally inspiring family. Carly (far right) has faced numerous challenges in her life, blindness among them, and we've had the pleasure of getting to know her as well assist them financially. 

 

THE # 1 CAUSE OF VISION LOSS AMONG ADULTS AGES 20-65 IN THE US IS DIABETIC RETINOPATHY & IT’S THE 7TH LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH. DIABETES CARE IS COSTING THE US $245 BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY.

Diabetes is one of the most common causes of vision problems today.  The Aiken Mid-Day Lions are committed to raising awareness in our community. We sponsored the first Diabetes Awareness Walk on Saturday, January 23, 2010 during the SC District 32-B  Convention.  There were nearly 50 participants who enjoyed a brisk walk after lunch at the North Augusta River Walk.  Information on diabetes as well as healthful snacks were provided for all participating walkers. 

We continue our commitment to diabetes education by regular communication with our members through the sharing of healthful recipes, exercise tips and guest speakers at club meetings.   November is Diabetes Awareness Month and our club targets this particular month to focus on diabetes education, control and prevention. check our calendar for activities in which Lions (and the community) can participate.

For more information about diabetes, contact Lion Ellen Heim eheim803@gmail.com 803.648.9141

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The Aiken Mid-Day Lions have a long term relationship in supporting Leader Dogs for the Blind. We've had the privilege of assisting in providing service dogs to local visually impaired citizens over the years - a rewarding experience. We continue to financially support Leader Dogs for the Blind via our major fundraiser, our spring fashion show/silent auction/luncheon as well as through other fundraising opportunities during the year.

 

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