Superheroes save man’s eyesight

Phil Hester draws superheroes for a living, but little did he know that he would one day need two superheroes to restore his sight. "Eyesight is important to everyone," says Phil. "But as an artist, it’s an integral part of my identity."

For the past 30 years, Phil Hester of North English, Iowa has worked as a professional comic book artist. He has written and drawn comics for hundreds of publications and his artwork has been featured in popular titles such as Green Arrow, Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman, Ant-Man, The Flash, Batman Beyond, and more.

In 2015, shortly after being diagnosed with a cardiac condition, Phil began having difficulty seeing his drawing board. His eyesight was foggy in the mornings and he noticed more glare coming from light fixtures. "I just figured it was one of the side effects of the new blood pressure medication I was taking," says Phil.

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Every Life Has A Story

Colton R. Meyer (December 29, 2010 - December 5, 2014)

Colton Meyer was born four days after Christmas in 2010. Colton was a beautiful little boy, full of energy, who loved sharing smiles and hugs with everyone he met.

Three-year-old Colton loved dinosaurs and was well-known for “rrrawrrring”--- whether he was just entering a room or playing at the park. He and his older brother Jaxson did everything together, from the time they woke up until the time they went to bed. They ate breakfast together, sat side-by-side on the couch watching “Wild Kratts” on television, played for hours pretending they were Cheetahs, helped with chores, and at bed time, picked out their favorite books they wanted read to them. Like so many little boys his age, Colton’s favorite foods were mac-and-cheese, hot dogs, pancakes and apples.

Colton will forever be missed by his mother Tifany, father Travis, brother Jaxson, and sister Alexis. His giving spirit will forever be appreciated by countless recipients of his gifts, generously given through cornea and tissue donation.

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M3 Junior Faculty of the Year

Congratulations, Dr. Greiner, on being named M3 Junior Faculty of the Year!

UI Carver College of Medicine Resident and Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards announced! The award recipients were recognized last Saturday night, April 23, 2016 at the 114th Aesculapian Frolics. Medical students in each class of the Carver College of Medicine had the opportunity to vote for the faculty member/resident that they viewed as demonstrating the highest level of teaching excellence.

This year, thanks in part to the generosity of the Milleman family, each winner received a monetary prize in addition to a plaque. Please congratulate the individuals listed below on their outstanding achievement.

On behalf of the Carver College of Medicine Student Body, I would like to not only congratulate the winners of these awards, but I would like to thank both the winners and nominees and all faculty and residents for continuing to provide the medical students an excellent medical education.

2016 Frolics Award Recipients

  • M1 Professor of the Year: Dr. Nathan Swailes
  • M2 Professor of the Year: Dr. Manish Suneja
  • M3 Resident of the Year: Dr. James Vancura
  • M3 Resident of the Year: Dr. Robert Schneider
  • M3 Junior Faculty of the Year: Dr. Mark Greiner

The Iowa Lions

Iowa Lions Eye Bank is extremely proud of our close relationship with the Iowa Lions as we work together to restore and preserve sight. The Iowa Lions support ILEB in a variety of ways including a volunteer transport system that has become an integral part of ILEB’s laboratory operations.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs. During an address to the Lions Clubs International in 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since that time, Lions Clubs International has worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired.

You can read more about the Iowa Lions here: Iowa Lions

Who Can Be a Donor?

Anyone can. The great thing about corneal tissue is that everyone is a universal donor. Your blood type does not have to match. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what color your eyes are or how good your eyesight is. Aside from those suffering from infections or a few highly communicable diseases such as HIV or hepatitis, most people are suitable donors.

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