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THE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL WAS A GREAT SUCCESS !yes!


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Kendall Gibbs is a smart, outgoing college student studying Social Work at NC State. After she graduates this coming May, Kendall will begin studying for her Masters in Social Work. Kendall is legally blind.

Kendall inherited a genetic mutation known as Lebers (Hereditary Optic Neuropathy) that causes significant vision loss, which for her began at age 16.  Kendall had to learn to use a white cane and “read” braille during her senior year of high school. By the time she started college, her trusty guide dog, Maya, was by her side.

Members from Lake Gaston Lions Club first meet Kendall and her trusty guide dog, Maya, while volunteering at Camp Dogwood this summer. The Cary Lions Club had sponsored Kendall in attending Camp Dogwood for her first time. Lake Gaston Lion and District 31-S Governor, Mark Bateman, was one of the volunteers at Camp Dogwood that week. Mark recognized Kendall as an excellent candidate to potentially benefit from one of Lake Gaston Lions’ ongoing Service Projects, “eSight” glasses.  Using a cutting edge high definition camera and algorithms specific to each person’s vision loss, the eSight glasses allow you to see both near or far, in real time. Once users put on eSight glasses, they can also adjust the image for magnification, contrast and color to enhance what they see. Ports even allow for direct inputs from computer or TV monitors.

Mark Bateman and Gary Tonnemacher, President of the Cary Lions Club, collaborated to involve both Lion Clubs in the eSight project for Kendall. After successful vision screens to confirm that eSight glasses would help Kendall, a customized pair costing $5,950 was ordered. Representatives from both Lions Clubs delivered Kendall’s eSight glasses to her on October 16th.   Kendall’s contagiously sunny disposition will help her to positively impact lives within and well beyond her chosen field. As she starts down her road of service, Kendall can now literally see the “road” a whole lot better.


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