Chris Coleman via Crowdrise
November 28, 2015
As many of my friends may know, I have corneal transplants in both eyes. I suffered with a congenital disease called Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy. Currently the only cure for Fuchs is a cornea transplant. I had the good fortune of meeting Bert Jun MD, ophthalmologist surgeon and researcher at the Wilmer Eye Institute while he and his wife Susie visited Nelson Coleman Jewelers. Bert did my surgery.
Then I met Mahmood Farazdaghi, a principle at TBI, Tissue Banks International, when I joined the Rotary club of Towsontowne. Mahmood's organization supplied the eye tissue, the corneas, for my surgery, from a deceased donor. I am one of Wilmer's shining stars as I am nearly 20/20 in both eyes. I am blessed for meeting both of these amazing people. I have a very personal connection to this project to upgrade the infrastructure in Dhaka to train the medical students to obtain donated eye balls,excise the corneas, and provide them to ophthalmologist to do the surgery, 30% paying for the 70% that will be provided free to the poor, and initiate and mentor the program, starting in Bangladesh to cure 1/2 million corneal blind children and adults, and also to create the model to export to other developing countries to start curing 12 million cornel blind across the globe.
How fortunate I am.
Please join this important cause and tell your friends. If you belong to an organization that does international outreach, this is the chance to do something really BIG. Let them know. The total goal to start this important project is remarkably modest so please join in at any amount. I am hoping to raise $5000 to jump start this project and Rotary International, Rotary India, and Rotary Bangladesh will provide matching funds. Thank you.