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Eyeglasses Needed for ILAC

Eyeglasses Needed for ILAC

When Jelyn Lu, M.D., third-year resident with Creighton Family Medicine, visited Creighton’s Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) in the Dominican Republic two years ago, she was moved by the children who would reach out for her because they could not see well. In an attempt to help her “Dominican sisters,” Lu left her own eyeglasses behind, however unfitting to their vision and smaller heads.

Now she is involved with “Project Abre Los Ojos” (Project Open Your Eyes), helping gather eyeglasses that will be taken to ILAC and refitted and reground for the patients in need of them.

Eyeglasses can be dropped off in residence halls and professional schools around campus and throughout the hospital. Eyeglasses can also be dropped off at Panera Bread, 344 N. Saddle Creek Road. The glasses will be collected after Feb. 1.

For more information, send an e-mail to Dr. Lu at jlu@creighton.edu

Other items are needed year-round, according to Alicia Vanden Bosch, Pharm.D., assistant professor and ILAC pharmacy director. In addition to eyeglasses, over-the-counter medicines such as children and adult Tylenol, cough/cold medicines, and multivitamins; Neosporin (antibiotic) cream; corticosteroid (anti-itch) creams; and common items such as Band-Aids, ChapStick, hand creams, and pens are all in high demand.

“It is heartbreaking to change a burn dressing on a young child with no pain medication,” said Vanden Bosch.

Items may be dropped off in the ILAC office in Room G17 of the Hixson-Lied Science Building.

Posted: 1/27/06