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Opinion

April 6, 2012

Lions Club helps Low Vision Group

To the editor:

George Casey recently spoke at the Amesbury Council on Aging's Low Vision Group representing the Amesbury Lions Club. As he explained what the Lions Club does, he talked about some of the tools the organization provides for people with vision loss. He kept his word and followed up with a woman who was in need of a machine called an Opti-Lec, to help her see. Ron Gagnon, the Lions Club Eye Committee chairman, swiftly called me to make arrangements getting this machine to Jackie, who is 82, new to Amesbury and a bit overwhelmed by not only her change of location but by her newly diagnosed vision loss. This machine has made it possible for Jackie to go back to balancing her checkbook, reading the newspapers and moving toward functioning as she always did. I believe it has given her hope.

Thank you, Lions Club! George Casey and his wife Carol (who is Amesbury COA chairwoman) are a big part of the Amesbury Senior Center. It's organizations and people like these who make Amesbury a great community!

Doreen Brothers

Amesbury COA outreach worker

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