Clinic Blog: 2011 Cleveland Clinic Blog
November 17, 2011
Harold and Tom led our cheer for the day of “We are OneSight”. We got pumped up to see 157 children and making 118 pair of eyeglasses.
We came back to the hotel and had a pizza dinner while holding the second silent auction. We also had our pinning ceremony since we will be leaving from the clinic site to travel home. It was great to hear the awesome comments that everyone had for each other.
Here are some comments from the team:
JS- It was not only great working in an area close to where I grew up but also I was able to volunteer with a close friend and my dad. OneSight is an organization that I spend a lot of time on and being able to share its mission and goals is really meaningful.
Amy N.- It was such an eye opening experience that has changed my life and my future plans. I met so many young people whom touched my heart deeply. One child, Nigel, was so excited he could not keep still in his seat. When he received his glasses he hugged me and smiled warmly at me.
Gary Wolf- Had a great experience helping those in need on a TEAM…CONFIRMED my passion for being a Licensed Optician. Great to return to my roots of working in the lab.
Tom – I think it is truly amazing that we can get a group of strangers together, that can work as such a great team to help out all the kids from start to finish and then dispense the glasses to them and see their faces just light up!!!
Pat Lemieux-If you are looking for a way to make a difference, this is it. I had the opportunity to go to a school to dispense. I dispensed a pair of glasses to one young lady who had never worn glasses before. When she put her glasses on her face lit up and she said, “Wow, I can read this paper now.” She went back to class and just before we left the school, she returned to the library to be tutored. When she saw me, she started waving and had the biggest smile on her face. It made my day to know that we had made a difference in her life.
Brad – as the local coordinator this mission is especially important to me. Helping kids the world over is an amazing feeling, but being able to do it in my hometown is even more rewarding. I sat at the control desk and was struck by the number of children with very strong corrections that have never worn glasses. Add to that the over 20 referrals we have done I know that we are making a difference in the Cleveland community.
Dr. J. – Sooooo much fun working with the kids and to know that for the first time ever we will make a life changing difference in a child’s career. Vision and hearing are the two most important learning tools for school age kids, and to be a part of helping this is just incredible. I am thankful to be able to help the OneSight organization and the children most especially.
Katie – These past two weeks have been absolutely life changing. Seeing the sheer number of children come through the clinic needing correction has definitely given many of us a chance to count our blessings. Several kids have come through with very strong prescriptions that have never had glasses before; it’s amazing these kids can brush their teeth in the morning let alone have any fighting chance to succeed in the world. Knowing that they will now have a chance to see the world clearly, and being a part of helping this come to fruition is extremely inspiring and will change many of us volunteers’ lives for good.
Janet- My passion has been to be able to see student’s faces light up when they receive their glasses. There was a student that was 17 years old and he talked about his eyes being the vision to the world and now that he can see he will conquer the world. His goal is to go to college and be a successful businessman. I’m sure he will reach his goals!
Dorie- . Being part of the Cleveland Clinic and seeing the kid’s faces light up when the students pick out there glasses touches my heart. Knowing we can give them a chance to a brighter future makes my OneSight clinic a rewarding experience..
Sr. Jane – This is a great experience volunteering with One Sight – the Team is so great offering their gifts and talents to the school children of Cleveland OH. Thank you so much for coming. The students are so happy to receive their glasses to help improve their sight and school work. Great program!!
Dave – Having lived in Cleveland, I appreciate being able to come back “home” and contribute to helping such a wonderful community. Cleveland has had its challenges, but continually rises up to them and surpasses expectations – very much like the experiences that arise in this clinic. Today, a 16 year-old patient who lost her glasses about a month ago came through with a profound refractive error. With glasses she corrects to only 20/50 in each eye. Without glasses she is functionally blind. How she has gotten this far in school can only be described as amazing. After giving her a new prescription, one of the other team members came back and asked if it would be okay to give her a spare pair. She will leave here today with new glasses, and get so much more out of school and so much more out of life.
M Mendoza - On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to make a young student’s day to day life a little easier. She already had a pair of glasses with her as a sixth grader but, there was still an issue. Her right eye strength was double the strength that was necessary and the left eye’s power was also incorrect. She stated struggling with the glasses over the last several months. So in the end I convinced the young student that we found the correction that would make her new glasses a joy to use and serve their intended purpose. As a team, we were able to get it right for this student that is now allowed to use her vision without any struggle.
Tom Sherfey- This has been an incredible experience helping sooooo many children in Cleveland that truly needed our support. I am so proud of all the kids we were able to reach out to giving the gift of sight and making a difference in their lives. This has truly been a life changing experience for me and I know it has been for the children as well.
Rodney…This is my 5th year in Cleveland and believe me when I say..”Team Cleveland ROCKS”. It is like spending two weeks with your extended family and I ended up with a great roommate, James..... Today we saw a lil girl who had a very high plus RX +7.00 with a -4.75 cyl. and she has never worn glasses before..I am very sure that her life will change after receiving the gift of sight from OneSight.
James –This is a very special clinic for me, not only did I have the chance to help hundreds of children see the world in a totally different way, I also had the opportunity to train and empower others to produce eyewear…..making friends and having fun the whole time. I have a passion for helping others and I’m thankful the Onesight and Luxottica provides me the opportunity to do so.
Pam – Onesight clinics are the highlight of my year and this clinic is no exception. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to help so many children in need. What we do affects not only that child but their family as well. I definitely receive more from this experience than I give!!
Nina – This was my first Onesight clinic and I didn’t really know what to expect before coming here. I can definitely say that I truly enjoyed my week at the clinic – I loved being able to give eye exams to those who really needed it (hello, high myopes and hyperopes who have never worn correction!) and I also loved the teamwork involved in the whole process. Everyone seemed to want to be here and to love clinic, which made me love it all the more. I hope to do more of these clinics in the future and continue to provide eye care for those in need!
Patty- Onesight for me is extremely important to help people or kids around the world, it is my passion. This clinic gave me the courage to take the last step to go back to school and get my license.:)
Tracy- You never know how a pair of glasses, something we may take for granted, can change the direction of a child’s life. Seeing the glimmer in their eyes and smile on their face is priceless! I am grateful to have the opportunity to volunteer with OneSight!
Melissa-Wow! What a great week! The team in Cleveland is awesome. Everyone is working together to give the gift of sight to the students in Cleveland. It has been a very rewarding week and tomorrow will be our final day giving the gift of sight.
Stephanie- This is my First clinic, and boy what an amazing experience. It is thrilling to watch someone blink into new sight. I loved meeting all the different sides of Luxottica. This company is comprised of some fantastic people with darling hearts. What a proud feeling to be part of this journey.
Mike F-Who could have known that a simple act of kindness could change so many lives at one time? This mission has opened my eyes to being pleasantly surprised by the little things. I never thought that reaching out to 1 child, even though she did not receive or need glasses could still change her life in so many ways. The experience of being genuinely cared for and shown the much needed attention meant more to her than anything I feel. I was humbled by an innocent smile of gratitude after telling this small What but instead she thanked me, gave me a hug, and said maybe next time. She knows that someone cares, but not just someone, a team of people who she can count on care. I will never forget how she made me feel
Chris…As many of you may know the ultimate goal of OneSight is to provide eye care and glasses to those that need them the most but may not have the means to provide them for themselves. This is my first and hopefully not my last clinic. I was fortunate enough to have an “Aha” moment when a young girl put her glasses on and realized what her school and friends looked like for possibly the first time. As the two weeks have gone by I have learned that OneSight is truly much more. It is the uniting of Luxottica retail into one being with one common goal. I have met amazing people each with a story of their own and a purpose of their own. I thank each and every one of you for this blessing. I hope everyone within the company takes advantage of what is out there and gives of themselves for the experience of OneSight.
Terry – What a wonderful group of associates I was privileged to work with – all with a huge passion for OneSight. I feel honored to have met them all. We have made a big difference in the Cleveland area.
What an experience. I have a new found appreciation for what our associates put into each pair of eye glasses. It’s tough work that requires concentration and a commitment to quality in each pair. I know that this will not be my last experience. I appreciated the opportunity and am proud to work for an organization that has a desire to provide this gift across the street and across the world.
Sonya- I have been on many clinics. I was honored to be on this one with an amazing team that meshed very well. The children were well behaved and in dire need of glasses. To see the impact you have on a child’s life that could not see before they came to this clinic, is unbelievable. I know we all left our mark in Cleveland!
Sailesh-we were on our way to dispense glasses to local school and right at the school traffic light crossing guard asked us to stop for students to cross and four out of five kids were wearing our glasses which we dispensed two days before and one of the student waived at me ,it was great feeling.
Best local clinic I have ever been to. The equipment was set up perfectly making my job much easier. The team leaders were wonderful and supportive. I was able to help a lot of kids who really needed glasses! This is what we are here for!
Robert Bonilla- Tonight was the pinning ceremony and we all had our chance to say our goodbyes but we decided to say “see you next time!” because we know that it’s a small OneSight world! Meeting and working with such amazing and dedicated people reminds me of why we all but our lives on hold, it’s because we have the same passion. We all have the passion to help others and make the world a better place. THANK YOU ALL! SEE YOU NEXT TIME!!!!
Linda S – It was a wonderful experience providing eyeglasses for those in need. Even though I was mostly in the lab area and did not interact with the children much, I saw every prescription that came through the clinic and was amazed at some that I saw such as a -14.25. I also made great friends during the time here and look forward to keeping in contact with everyone!
Karen V – I had a great time! I liked when I got to be in frame selection and helped the kids pick out a frame that matched their personalities. Working in the lab getting the glasses ready for dispensing helped me to see the whole process from start to finish. It is amazing what is accomplished on a clinic and the knowing that we are a part of helping children see clearly.
Dave S - Being on my 1st clinic was an exciting experience. It was nice to finally see the final stages of Onesight and to work with the kids that benefit from the countless hours of work that people put into Onesight. I also enjoyed meeting other associates outside of the CSC and hearing about their roles and how they benefit Luxottica and Onesight.
November 17, 2011
Patty, Pam, Sonya, and Nina started our day with a rapping cheer. Patty was dressed as the headless horseman, Pam was Buzz Lightyear, Sonya was the Rastafarian, and Nina was a pumpkin.
Today we saw 162 children and made 120 pair of eyeglasses.
Katie was our superstar today. A film crew from the CSC came to the clinic to interview Katie about her experience receiving eyeglasses from OneSight when she was a young child and her work with OneSight now.
After clinic, we went to the restaurant called Fat Fish Blues. They had a live band playing blues music and they were pretty awesome. Everyone recommends this restaurant.
November 16, 2011
Katie led our day 9 cheer with help from Tracey. They sang a “We’re OneSight and you know it clap your hands” song that got us motivated and ready to begin our day. It was our busiest day so far seeing 301 children and making 214 pair of eyeglasses!
After suffering a sprained shoulder, Tom was prescribed some medications that made him very sleepy. (See photos.) What a great team-player he is to still come to work at the clinic despite being very tired. Way to go Tom!
After the clinic, we made our way to the Market Garden Brewery for dinner. We got to take a tour of the brewing area and met one of the brewmasters! We had to poke fun at Stephanie for ordering the grown-up lunchable! (See photo.)
All-in-all, another great day!
November 14, 2011
Okay, no more free days…we are back to working hard at the clinic! Today we saw 227 children and made 155 pair of eyeglasses. That brings our total to 850 children examined and 678 pair of eyeglasses made. We have been very busy! Tomorrow is supposed to be our biggest day with a predicted 304 children.
We enjoyed a couple of hours of down time before we went to dinner at Harry Buffalo. Some of us got a little concerned about the severe weather that the news stated we were going to get. There were some tornado watches for Cuyahoga county….scary! It only rained and we survived.
Well, that’s about it for today….more tomorrow!
November 13, 2011
FREE DAY! Sunday….not sure what anyone planned for this day but some were talking about enjoying a Brown’s game. No pictures for today. :(
Now we are caught up. We will try to post on the blog every day to keep you updated! Sorry about the delay!
November 13, 2011
Another FREE DAY!
A few of us gathered in the lobby and proceeded to walk to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We enjoyed learning about the history of music and seeing the “Women Who Rock” special exhibit.
We then went to the 4th Street Bar and Grill to enjoy lunch.
For dinner, we were invited to the Lanci’s beautiful home. We enjoyed the food, drink, and great conversation and greatly appreciate the Lanci’s hospitality.
Thank you Ken and Linda!!
November 13, 2011
Everyone split up and enjoyed a day of activities of their choosing. Some went to the Science Museum, some to the West Side Market, and some to the Football Hall of Fame. A few met up at Zocalo Mexican restaurant.
This night we enjoyed a dinner cruise aboard the Nautica Queen consisting of:
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Greens with Dressing
Fresh Pasta & Vegetable Salads
Pasta with Marinara Sauce
Sliced Top Round of Beef, au jus
Breast of Chicken with Lemon Basil Butter
Chef’s Catch of the Day
And cheesecake for dessert...........Yum! Yum!
Some worked off a few of these delicious calories by dancing. Included were the Electric Slide, the Cupid Shuffle, and the Wobble. Janet and Mike performed a little dance to collect dollars for OneSight. Chris stated “It’s for the babies!” and they raised $19 more dollars!
November 13, 2011
Darla and Sonya led this day with the OneSight Feeling cheer. We felt it in our head, our hearts, and our feet!
We saw 214 children and provided eyeglasses for 184 children. Those babies can see now!
Due to some of our team members leaving after the first week, some were pinned on this day. Those that were leaving included Dr. Linda, Dr. Carol, Dr. Tosh, Dr. Steve, and the Lenscrafters exec. Team.
The team then proceeded to Otto Moser’s restaurant for dinner before the play. We walked next door to the Palace Playhouse to see “La Cage Aux Folles” starring George Hamilton! This play was fabulous darling! Karen and Linda highly recommend seeing this play.
November 13, 2011
Janet and Stephanie wore the pink and red tutus and led the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame – Go OneSight cheer for the day. After revving up our metabolism with this cheer the children started to arrive.
The Lab Rats got motivated by performing the Electric Slide before jobs started coming in. We saw 221 children and provided glasses for 176 of them.We even had the Great Mozmo that volunteered to wear the pink tutu in the lab! Doncha just love it?!
Dinner on this day was offered at the hotel during our first Silent Auction. The largest bid of $350 was by Tosh for the Simpson’s Halloween script autographed by Terri’s sister-in-law, Nancy Cartwright. She is the voice of Bart Simpson!
Pat and Tracey fought over the OneSight group framed and autographed picture. They both came out victorious when it was offered for a second photo to be made if they both agreed to pay the $175.
The Auction raised a total of $2500!
November 13, 2011
We started out our morning by celebrating James’ birthday. He was presented with a cupcake and everyone sang Happy Birthday. Terri and Dave then got everyone motivated with a OneSight Cheer. Throughout the day, we would stick “Happy Birthday” post-it notes on James!
We provided exams for the engineers at the clinic site and families from the local Women’s Shelter. 100% of the 13 people needed eyeglasses.
After a couple of relaxing hours at the hotel, we traveled to Little Italy (sang Happy Birthday to James on the bus) where we were treated to a bit of pampering at La Baberia Salon and Spa. They offered red and white wines and appetizers before each of us received our choice of massage, manicure, or pedicure. Some of the team broke off to visit the local art galleries, while others partook of the wine and appetizers. Patricia got brave and decided to get her hair cut. See the before and after photos below.
We then headed across the street to La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) restaurant. We sang Happy Birthday to James again! The restaurant provided great atmosphere and after Stephanie watered the plant, the owner offered to marry her!
Some of the team decided they would like to go bowling and others retired back to the hotel.
A great day two!
November 7, 2011
We started our day out by filling ourselves with a great breakfast provided by the hotel. We then loaded onto the buses to make our way to the clinic site. After a few wrong turns, we FINALLY made it!! Unloading from the bus, we made our way into the building (what great architecture!) Shortly after our orientation and training, the children started arriving. After a busy day of dilation, auto-refracting, "eye-puffing" (tonometry), and the children picking cool fluorescent green or pink frames, we ended our clinic day after seeing 188 children and making 164 pair of eyeglasses! We saw prescriptions as high as a +9.00 sphere, or a -7.00 cylinder. We made our way back to the hotel by bus (no wrong turns!) and rested up for our grand adventure to the Barley House restaurant where we gorged ourselves on Potbelly Meltz, Deep Dish Pizzas, and Cheddar Bacon Waffle Fries. Those of us that felt overly stuffed decided we should do the "healthy" thing and walk back to the hotel. Some decided to remain full and take the shuttle. We saw some great sites on the walk back to the hotel including Tower City where the movie The Avengers was filmed. This ended our fabulous journey on Day 1. More to come…..
We started our day out by filling ourselves with a great breakfast provided by the hotel. We then loaded onto the buses to make our way to the clinic site. After a few wrong turns, we FINALLY made it!! Unloading from the bus, we made our way into the building (what great architecture!) Shortly after our orientation and training, the children started arriving. After a busy day of dilation, auto-refracting, "eye-puffing" (tonometry), and the children picking cool fluorescent green or pink frames, we ended our clinic day after seeing 188 children and making 164 pair of eyeglasses! We saw prescriptions as high as a +9.00 sphere, or a -7.00 cylinder.
We made our way back to the hotel by bus (no wrong turns!) and rested up for our grand adventure to the Barley House restaurant where we gorged ourselves on Potbelly Meltz, Deep Dish Pizzas, and Cheddar Bacon Waffle Fries. Those of us that felt overly stuffed decided we should do the "healthy" thing and walk back to the hotel. Some decided to remain full and take the shuttle. We saw some great sites on the walk back to the hotel including Tower City where the movie The Avengers was filmed.
This ended our fabulous journey on Day 1. More to come…..
About the Clinic
2011 Cleveland Clinic Blog Clinic
A team of 40 trained volunteers and doctors from across North America will come together to provide much needed vision care and eyewear to Cleveland-area students.