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The 5th Annual Glaucoma Service Foundation’s CARES Conference was a tremendous success!

This patient educational event held on October 15, 2011 at Wills Eye Institute once again exceeded our expectations. We were pleased to welcome over 200 attendees and their families, along with glaucoma suspects from the Delaware Valley, who received free glaucoma screenings and ground-breaking information about glaucoma. In addition to lectures by world renowned Wills Eye glaucoma physicians, attendees had the opportunity to speak with those physicians in a relaxed atmosphere and visit vendors to learn about low vision services and patient assistance programs. Guest speakers included Jule Ann Lieberman from EZ2C Foundation. Mrs. Lieberman presented “Conquering Life Challenges Posed by Vision Loss.” Vivian Werner, Webmaster for the Glaucoma Service Foundation, was a featured speaker and presented “My Glaucoma Story.” “Ben Franklin” made an appearance and took the opportunity to have his vision checked.

This unique conference allowed glaucoma patients and their families a chance to speak with others who are dealing with this devastating disease and get valuable insights to the best treatment options.

A most sincere thank-you to Glaucoma Service Board member George H. Strimel for being such a wonderful moderator for the past five conferences. The Glaucoma Service Foundation also sincerely thanks the Wills Eye Institute Glaucoma Service physicians and fellows who shared their time and knowledge with us. The doctors discussed many glaucoma related topics and provided useful information for all those present.

The Foundation is extremely grateful for the many volunteers who made this event possible: Glaucoma Service staff members and their families, clinical and research fellows and observers, Wills Eye and Jefferson residents and medical students, members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and Villanova’s Delta Gamma Sorority. A special thank you to Jack Scully, Roger Barone, Bill Romano, and Mike Wurster for overseeing the video, photography, and security.

A special thanks to the Robison D. Harley Fund for Glaucoma Education and Research for once again sponsoring this event. We are most appreciative to the following companies for their generous gifts-in-kind: Allergan, Carl Zeiss-Meditec, DeVitis Design, Subway, Philly Soft Pretzel, and The Bagel Factory. We would also like to thank the following vendors who shared valuable information and support: Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, EZ2C Foundation and the Wills Eye Glaucoma Research Center.

Ben Franklin with volunteers

Ben Franklin with three members
of a Villanova Delta Gamma Sorority
which volunteers each year.
Photo by Roger Barone
which volunteers each year.

Drs. Camila Zangalli, Patricia Martinez,
Nont Rutnin, and Valerie Trubnik.
Photo by Roger Barone

Dr. George Spaeth, Director of
Medical Research and Education with
Dr. Zeff Lazinger, Board President.
Photo by Roger Barone

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The Glaucoma Service Foundation’s mission is to preserve or enhance the health of all people with glaucoma and to provide a model of medical care by supporting the educational and research efforts of the physicians on the Wills Eye Institute Glaucoma Service, the largest glaucoma diagnosis and treatment center in the country.
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