Over 340 registrants braved the early morning fog on Sunday November 17th to run along the Mississippi River in the 28th Annual Run for Vision 5K. Hazel Myers, a bilateral corneal transplant recipient from Baton Rouge, served as the official “starter,” sounding the horn to begin the race. Ms. Myers, who suffered from Fuchs dystrophy prior to her transplants, is an advocate for eye donation awareness.
Bausch + Lomb has sponsored the race for nearly three decades, this year raising $17,190 to support the Eye Bank Association of America.
Among the hundreds of participants were overall race winners Gauti Johannesson and Emily Schneider, who crossed the finish line in 17 minutes and 19.24 minutes, respectively; as well as Dr. Woodford Van Meter, who has consistently run in the 5K for over 20 years.
Southern Eye Bank’s staff participated by carrying Legacy Quilts in honor of Eye Donor families.
Southern Eye Bank sincerely thanks the Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank and the Legacy Donor Foundation for their support and efforts in making this year’s Run a memorable and successful event. _________________________________________________________________________________
Southern Eye Bank, located in New Orleans, Louisiana is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit eye bank that provides eye tissue for transplant, research and education in Louisiana, the United States, and throughout the world. Founded in 1947, Southern Eye Bank is the third oldest eye bank in the United States and is a fully accredited charter member of the Eye Bank Association of America. In addition to community service and donor awareness projects, Southern Eye Bank has assisted more than 40,000 people with receiving the Gift of Sight.
On July 29, 1947 the “New OrleansEye Bank”, as it was first known, opened its doors. The success of the eye bank was astounding. Gradually, the New Orleans Eye Bank became the primary agency for the distribution of corneal tissue in the Southern United States. Reasoning that there should not be any city or state boundaries in restoring vision, the Charter of the New Orleans Eye Bank was amended on June 6, 1949 to change its name to Southern Eye Bank.
In the field of medicine during the 20th century, one major development was the successful transplantation of human organs and tissues. The first tissue to be successfully transplanted in humans was the cornea. Later came the kidneys, skin, hearts, lungs, pancreas, and other organs and tissues.
Such transplantation of human Gifts were greatly enhanced by a system of “banking” as to provide for an orderly acquisition, storage, and distribution of the donor tissues and organs.
Southern Eye Bank relies upon the generosity of individuals from southern Louisiana to provide ocular tissue to those in need of a Corneal Transplant. Because of this cooperation, nearly 700 residents from Louisiana receive a most precious gift each year… The GIFT of SIGHT.
Southern Eye Bank is a fully accredited charter member of the Eye Bank Association of America.
Southern Eye Bank is a member of United Sight.
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