Lions Eye Bank Raises Awareness, Money at Islanders Game

UNIONDALE, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System teamed up on Dec. 28 with the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island (LEBLI) and the New York Islanders to raise awareness about eye tissue donation and also money for the eye bank during the team’s hockey game at the Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum.

About $1,500 was raised for the LEBLI through a 50/50 raffle and proceeds from tickets sold by the eye bank.

 Through a public service announcement played during a between-periods break and an informational table on the concourse, spectators learned about eye tissue donation, including that most people between the ages of one and 75 -- even people with diabetes, poor vision and a history of cancer -- can donate eye tissue to help others regain their vision.

 “When someone loses their vision, it can be devastating, as sight is such an integral part of people’s lives,” said Kenneth Manger, director of LEBLI, which is located at Franklin Hospital in Valley Stream. “We appreciate the Islanders’ generosity in allowing us to educate people about the importance of eye tissue donation. And the money that was raised at the game will help us continue our mission.”

The LEBLI has helped more than 12,000 people receive the gift of sight since its inception in 1986. It is one of about 80 eye banks in the country. The LEBLI is sponsored by the Lions Clubs International.

For more information about the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island, contact Mr. Manger at 516-256-6690.

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