Donor Generosity Provides Ophthalmology Equipment For Our Fellowship Program Graduate
Dr. Eva Catedral unpacking her new indirect ophthalmoscope and using it in her clinic.
Due to the generosity of our Board Member, Ms. Lynne Shevlin, The Eye Cancer Foundation was able to send a state-of-the-art indirect ophthalmoscope to one of our eye cancer fellows, in the Philippines. Ms. Shevlin was familiar with The Eye Cancer Foundation’s ground-breaking efforts to train doctors from unserved and underserved countries to become ophthalmological oncologists. But she wanted to go further and help these newly trained eye cancer specialists to obtain basic equipment for use in their home countries.
The Eye Cancer Foundation’s Fellowship Program provides stipend-supported six-month training programs where doctors are given access to world-class clinical, research, and practical experience in diagnosing and treating eye cancers. These ECF funded teaching-programs were started by Dr. Paul Finger in New York and are currently provided in other countries such as Jordan, Spain, India, France, and Canada. To date, more than 50 doctors from 25 countries have been trained.
Utilizing a series interviews and surveys, graduates of the ECF Fellowship Program noted that they needed
specialized equipment to put their eye cancer training into practice. Here is where Lynne Shevlin stepped in.
Though she realized that solving the whole problem would be a huge undertaking, costing multiple thousands
of dollars, she wanted to get the process started. So, Lynne decided to help The Eye Cancer Foundation
provide one piece of needed equipment to one former Fellow. The ECF arranged for Dr. Eva Catedral of the
Philippines to be the recipient of Ms. Shevlin’s generosity.
Lynne Shevlin’s gift paid for the purchase of a binocular indirect ophthalmoscope. This device is the headset
worn by eye cancer specialists to examine the inside of the eye and get a clear picture of intraocular tumors.
Dr. Catedral said, “Thank you so much for purchasing an indirect ophthalmoscope for us. Please extend my
gratitude to the generous donor. Our old ophthalmoscope here is dim and flickers. Now we can see more
patients and provide more accurate assessments. Thank you, again.”
Here we see the power of one donor helping The Eye Cancer Foundation to help one doctor. Imagine the
possibilities if more donors follow Lynne Shevlin’s initiative. Please join us in this effort.
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