05/25/2012

Gift to benefit WVU Eye Institute’s outreach program for children

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Children suffering from vision problems in the west-central part of the state will benefit from a $30,000 gift to the West Virginia University Eye Institute from the Ross Foundation of Parkersburg.

The donation to the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) will help young people with low or no vision from Wood, Ritchie, Doddridge, Jackson and Pleasants counties continue to gain skills, knowledge and confidence through clinics and summer institute camps, improving their chances for future independence and happiness.  

“We are grateful for the support the Ross Foundation and others throughout the state and nation provide to the WVU Eye Institute. Their gifts to our outreach programs help those who might otherwise not have access to vision care,” Lee Wiley, M.D., interim chair of the WVU Eye Institute, said.

Since 2007, the Ross Foundation has annually supported the CVRP, which started in 1996.  Thanks to financial support from area foundations, businesses and individuals, CVRP is able meet the growing demands for low vision rehabilitation services throughout the state.

The WVU Eye Institute offers a full range of routine and complex eye care services, including subspecialty medical and surgical treatment, laser vision correction and comprehensive eye exams. It houses the Vision Research Center, where researchers are finding better ways to treat and cure eye diseases.  

The Ross Foundation, established in 2006, is a family foundation based in Parkersburg that supports causes within local communities in Wood, Ritchie, Doddridge, Pleasants and Jackson counties.

The gift was made through the WVU Foundation, the private non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for West Virginia University.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuhealthcare.com
st: 05-15-12

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