Clinic Blog: 2011 Ghana Clinic Blog
June 14, 2011
Almost 800 patients served!
Today was our first full day of clinic and it was full of emotion. When we arrived at our clinic site there were people lined up outside waiting to see us. As we entered, they greeted us and shook our hands. Once inside, we found our wonderful volunteers from "Community Uplift"! We went directly to our stations and began the day! Clinic like these are made possible by your generous monetary donations, time and used eyewear. Most of us don't get to see who receives our eyewear but once in a while something special happens and this is a special story that I would like to share from our team member Stephanie Vicars:
One and a half years ago, I lost my dear friend, Sherry Simmons. She was a very unique and special person. 3 years ago, her house caught fire and she and her husband lost everything. I was able to make each of them glasses by obtaining them OneSight vouchers. Unfortunately, Sherry suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning due to the fire and passed away one and a half years later.
I asked Sher's husband if I could take those glasses with me to Ghana. I thought it would be a way to grieve her as well as keep her memory alive. He agreed. Today, I was called over by Dr. Julie Blenker. She had found a match for Sherry's glasses. I never expected them to find someone that soon! When I walked over to dispense them I was greeted by a lovely young woman. Sher had always loved roses. She knew all their names and even called her daughter Rose. The woman who received her classes was named Rose!
It tickles me to think of Sherry seeing this lovely Ghanaian woman wearing her pink eyeglasses! Thank you OneSight for giving me the opportunity to share the gift of sight!