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Eversight awarded grant to help Chicago's uninsured
Aug. 22, 2017

Eversight received a $14,000 grant from Impact 100 Chicago for its Gift of Sight program that provides charitable tissue services to patients needing a cornea transplant at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

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New bill allows eye and organ donor consent as young as 16 in Illinois
Aug. 9, 2017

Registered eye, organ and tissue donors in Illinois can now be as young as 16 years old under a measure signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday at the University of Chicago Medicine.

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Meet Nancy Behles
March 28, 2016

Nancy Behles always knew that she wanted to be an artist. She began drawing at a very young age, went on to study painting and drawing in college, and never had any doubt that art was her calling.

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Eversight recognized for its commitment to excellence
November 22, 2015

Eversight Michigan and Eversight Illinois recently received three-year accreditation from the Eye Banking Association of America (EBAA). Eversight Ohio was accredited earlier this year.

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Silver Linings Legacy program connects donor family, researcher
July 24, 2015

CHICAGO, ILL. - “You were the last person to touch my Jennie,” Pam Thurman said, pulling University of Illinois-Chicago researcher Dr. Ali Djalilian in for a tearful embrace.

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Eversight Director earns highest CEBT exam score
June 25, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MICH. - The Eye Bank Association of America recently recognized Collin Ross, Executive Director of Eversight International, for earning the highest score on the Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) exam this spring.

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Eversight and EBAA: Partners in sight restoration
June 3, 2015

ATLANTA, GA. – Eversight staff will be participating in six panels during this week’s Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

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Eversight employee recognized by Illinois Lions
May 26, 2015

CHICAGO, ILL. – Kara Kelly, Manager of Professional Education at Eversight Illinois, received two prestigious awards at the Illinois Lions State Convention recognizing her leadership and dedication to the Lions community.

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Midwest Eye-Banks is now Eversight
March 20, 2015

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – On March 20, Midwest Eye-Banks changed its name to Eversight to re-energize its mission and inspire more people to support the organization’s commitment to providing the gift of sight now and into the future.

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Midwest honors Dr. King with Day of Service celebration

This year, Eversight celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with its own Day of Service. Staff at each of our affiliates chose a unique way to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

“I’m so pleased that Eversight is supporting this holiday because I do think it speaks volumes about our culture and our values,” said Debbie May-Johnson, executive director of Eversight Ohio.

Affiliates chose a variety of ways to serve their communities:

  • Eversight Ohio staff volunteered at Transplant House, which provides accommodations for people whose family members are waiting for life-saving transplants. They cooked a full meal for residents, tore down Christmas decorations and added Valentines décor to apartments.
  • Eversight New Jersey staff volunteered at Josephine’s Place, an organization that empowers women by helping them develop computer skills.
  • Staff members at the Eversight Illinois Chicago office gathered to make Valentine’s Day cards to send to senior living homes in the city and are collecting items to be donated to a local Ronald McDonald House.
  • Staff from Eversight Illinois in Bloomington volunteered at Home Sweet Home mission’s “Bread for Life” co-op, which helps low-income individuals and families struggling with food insecurity use their own abilities to provide food for themselves and their families.
  • Eversight Michigan packed 20 care packages for soldiers serving overseas and encouraged staff to share their individual observances on a board in the lobby.
  • The Communications and Logistics Center worked with Dezirae’s Helping Hands, which is dedicated to helping the homeless population in the Detroit Metro Area.

May-Johnson first brought the idea to celebrate MLK Day to the Leadership Team a year ago. The idea was approved, and a committee was put together to decide how the holiday could best be recognized on a corporate level.

“Debbie’s focus, and the committee’s focus, was solidifying our place in the fabric of the communities we serve,” said Ramona Bashshur, project coordinator. “We wanted to affirm that we as a corporation espouse these ideals and wanted to give our employees the opportunity to do something that was meaningful to them as a representative of Eversight.”

The team – Director of Human Resources Jan Ableson, Bashshur, May-Johnson and Executive Coordinator/Board Liaison Darlene Wade – collaborated to find the most effective way to recognize the holiday across the organization. Ultimately, they decided the best approach was to encourage each service area to organize unique events that were meaningful to their employees and their local communities.

“Even though we’re a nonprofit and we serve the community on a daily basis, we also rely on the community to be successful,” May-Johnson said. “The community gives so much to us, so this was a great way to give back and to honor Dr. King’s legacy and what he stood for.”

2013 News Releases

Eversight Illinois Corneal Tranplants, $6 billion lifetime benefit.
October 11, 2013

Corneal transplants performed in the United States this year will result in nearly $6 billion in total net benefits over the lifetime of the recipients, according to a six-month study undertaken by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA).

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Illinois Eye‐Bank supports "The Art of the Living"
March 8, 2013

For 12 years each spring and summer Cyndy Loula and her husband Eric worked together tending their perennial and vegetable gardens at their Bolingbrook home – until 2006, when a degenerative corneal disease called keratoconus made gardening and many other activities impossible for Cyndy...

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2011 News Releases

Illinois Eye‐Bank finds niche with ‘MissFits’
November 9, 2011

BLOOMINGTON – With its blocks, hits and jams, roller derby is a full contact sport. Players have to be tough, but in the case of the McLean County MissFits, they’re also not afraid to show some heart by supporting community organizations...

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National Donor Sabbath brings eye, organ and tissue donation to religious communities
November 4, 2011

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Illinois researchers among recipients of $112K in grant funding
May 25, 2011

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Eversight Illinois celebrates National Eye Donor Month with Open House
March 2, 2011

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Illinois Eye‐Bank celebrates National Eye Donor Month
March 1, 2011

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Secretary of State poster campaign releases
February 24, 2011

Amaris Stokes, Country Club Hills
Catherine Jenks, Plainfield
Donovan Hopson, Park Forest
Henry Sacramento, Chicago
Liliana Vujic, Chicago

Advocate South Suburban Hospital awarded for commitment to eye, organ and tissue donation
February 24, 2011

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2010 News Releases

Faith communities recognize National Donor Sabbath
November 11, 2010

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UIC researcher among recipients of $156K in funding as
grant program marks 30th year

July 21, 2010

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Eversight in Chicago Hosts 12th Annual Gift of Sight Gala
Honors Mr. Gregory Hyder as the 2010 Man of Vision

May 21, 2010 at 7 p.m. at The Peninsula Chicago

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Eversight Illinois’ Eye Donor Month calendar spotlights local residents
March 2, 2010

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