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Corporate Supporter Spotlight: Aerie Pharmaceuticals

If you’ve attended the ASCRS ASOA Annual Meeting recently, then you already know that Aerie Pharmaceuticals is a strong supporter of the ASCRS Foundation and its causes. For the past two years, Aerie has generously provided a donation match at the meeting, and partnering with the Foundation on some fun awareness projects like last year’s Give Sight Graffiti Wall. This week, we spoke with Tad Heitmann, Head of Communications at Aerie Pharmaceuticals, to learn more about their mission and why they choose to be such incredible sponsors of the ASCRS Foundation.

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeffrey Levenson, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Levenson’s journey to humanitarian eye care started with a problem all too common: at the age of 51, he began to lose his eyesight to cataracts. As an ophthalmologist he had been on the other side of this countless times with his patients but dealing with it himself and experiencing the incredible joy of having his sight restored changed something for him.

Looking for the Next Great Humanitarian

Two years ago, a generous gift from David and Victoria Chang created The Chang Humanitarian Award, a new way to bring attention to the great sight-givers in our midst.  The goal of the award was to honor and recognize outstanding humanitarian work with a focus on cataract blindness and disability. In its two previous honorees, Drs. Alan Crandall and Richard Litwin, the Chang Humanitarian Award has established a blueprint for the caliber of philanthropist it will recognize. On July 15th, the ASCRS Foundation opened nominations for the 2020 award.