THE LIONS CHANGED MY LIFE Able to See the Light Shortly after adopting three-year-old John Paul (JP) from China and bringing him home to New Jersey two years ago, Faye and Michael Corman noticed that JP was having trouble with his vision. When doctors discovered that JP had a retinoblastoma tumor in his right eye, the Cormans made the painful decision to have the eye removed. Although they could breathe a sigh of relief that JP was now cancer-free, he was left with a dense cataract and micro pupil in his left eye. Another surgery was needed, this time to create an artificial pupil. Doctors were able to save some vision in JP’s left eye, but the eye was extremely sensitive to light, causing pain for JP when outside. The gift of aphakic sunglasses from the Haddonfield Lions solved that problem and allows JP to play happily outside like any other little boy. Q&A: Faye Corman, JP’s Mom LION Magazine: How is JP’s vision? Faye Corman: He can see light, some colors and even identify some letters up close. His remaining eye is fragile, and he’s not a good candidate for a lens implant or contact. His artificial pupil is not reactive to light, so his eye is very, very sensitive, especially to sunlight. LM: Does JP wear glasses? FC: JP wears glasses with very convex lenses. He can’t wear a clip-on, so until we received the Lions’ gift we had to make the decision to remove his glasses and use regular kid’s sunglasses when he went outside. They would alleviate the pain that sunlight causes, but he couldn’t see anything. LM: What difference do the aphakic sunglasses make for JP? FC: We used to have to make the choice between JP being able to see or experiencing pain when going outside. Since the aphakic glasses are both prescription and provide sun protection, now we don’t have to make that choice! He’s really happy to go outside now. LM: How did the Haddonfield Lions find out about your need? FC: First we met the Barrington Lions at a community event, and they encouraged us to contact the Haddonfield Lions because they have a low vision fund at a local clinic. The Haddonfield Lions told us they wanted to provide JP with the sunglasses. We went to the clinic and had the new sunglasses in a couple of weeks. It was so quick, it was amazing! LM: The Haddonfield Lions really came through for you. FC: We’re really so grateful. The sunglasses have improved JP’s quality of life, and that’s such a blessing. Lions: have you heard from a beneficiary or a recipient of your kindness, service or charity? Tell us about the feedback you receive from those whose lives you’ve changed for the better. Email a brief description of your correspondence to email@example.com. Please include “Thank You” in the subject line.
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