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Annie Kuhl
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Fight for Sight and Saving Sight Announce Grant Awardee

Kansas City, Mo. (July 5, 2018) – Nonprofit organizations Fight for Sight and Saving Sight have awarded a $2500 scholarship to Boston University School of Medicine student, Min Tae Kim, for his study of how type 2 diabetes effects corneal wound healing and repair. In his research, Kim will study the role of a channel protein, Pannexin-1, in both normal wound repair and that of diabetic tissue.

Saving Sight Welcomes Schaeperkoetter as New Board Member from Jefferson City

New Saving Sight Board Member, Jeff SchaeperkoetterJefferson City, Mo. (January 22, 2018) – Jeff W. Schaeperkoetter – a former Missouri Circuit Judge, Assistant Attorney General, Missouri State Representative, and Missouri State Senator – will join Saving Sight’s board of directors in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Schaeperkoetter, who has also served his country as a U.S. Army and Missouri Army National Guard veteran, will join the board for his first three-year term as a community board member.

“Our board members provide crucial oversight to help us achieve our goals," said Chief Executive Officer Tony Bavuso. "Schaeperkoetter’s years of experience will bring a fresh perspective to our organization’s strategy this year. Through his engagement and support, I’m sure we will be able to change more lives by saving sight.”

Saving Sight and Fight for Sight Announce Funding of Two Student Fellowship Awards

Kansas City, Mo. (January 8, 2018) – Today, non-profit organizations Saving Sight and Fight for Sight announced the joint funding of two new Summer Student Fellowships. The grants will be available to undergraduate, graduate or medical students conducting research relating to either the cornea or dry eye.

“Research and innovation within the field of ophthalmology are what drives our work forward as an eye bank,” said Tony Bavuso, CEO of Saving Sight. “We’re thrilled to partner with Fight for Sight to support students who are pursuing academic ocular research.”

The two grant awards will be $2,500 each with applications due to Fight for Sight on February 15, 2018. The announcement of awards is expected in May of 2018.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Saving Sight on two new Summer Student Fellowships,” said Arthur Makar, Fight for Sight’s Executive Director. “Together we will fund the next generation of leaders in corneal and dry eye research.”