gets dates/details about Free: vision care/W. TX & summer camps for TX children with disabilities

Get dates & details in order to refer:

1.  All needing vision care to PIDMWC@MSN.com or 806-790-5051:  South Plains Eye Care Services, Dr. Marshall Cooper, Past International District Director of Lions Club International (PIDMWC@MSN.com) or 806-790-5051:  contact for referrals & appointments.  Eye exams, glasses & follow-up for all – irrespective of ability to pay:  thanks to a collaboration among Lubbock Children’s Health Clinic/302 North University/Lubbock, Lubbock Lions Club, South Plains Optometric Society (Vice President/Dr. Terrisa Drake, OD at 806-535-7052) & Midland-Odessa Lions Club.  157 pairs of glasses for children from Dec. ’09 through April ’10.

2.  Children with disabilities for free summer camps (waiting list for children with diabetes):  RBHL@SuddenLink.Net or 806-797-7652 or TLC@LionsCamp.com or 830-896-8500:  Texas Lions Camp/Kerrville, www.LionsCamp.com & Helen Sampson/Lubbock (RBHL@SuddenLink.Net) or 806-797-7652; Trish Wilson:  TLC@LionsCamp.com or 830-896-8500 & Board Members Sam Lindsey, Jack King & Rick Talbot.  No-charge, outdoor, summer camping on 504 acres of hills & woods; health-education & camp-graduation experiences for Texas children with disabilities – creating an atmosphere where campers will learn the “can do” philosophy & be allowed to achieve maximum personal growth & self-esteem; also, specialized camp for children with diabetes.  Offering special children the opportunity to be “just a regular kid” for a week:  swimming, music, photography, horseback riding, sports nature studies, arts & crafts, sleeping under the star, boating, high & low ropes course, archery.  Serving 60,000+ children since 1949; in ’09, 14 Lions Clubs sent 63 children to TLC that now has 30 buildings & an aquatic center/handicapped swimming pool.  Children have learned to ride horses, swim, camp & meet other children with similar circumstances.  Prototype for similar camps around the world.   Eligibility:  children 7-16 years old with any of these conditions:  asthma, amputee, blind/vision impaired, burns, heart problems, deaf/hearing impaired, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, cancer/tumor, lupus, muscular dystrophy, mute, polio, partial paralysis, rickets, scoliosis, sickle cell, stroke, Legg-Perthes, Charcot-Marie-Tooth; 8-15 years old with diabetes. Additional resourceswww.LeaderDog.org or LeaderDog@LeaderDog.org or 888-777-5332 & www.LubbockLions.org

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