"The joy I felt when you told me that I was approved for the surgery was beyond words."
- Josepha Guevara

Mission Cataract Success Stories

Josepha Guevara

Joseph is from Bolivia and presently lives with her daughter and two grandchildren in Portland, OR. Josepha grew up in a very poor town and struggled her entire life. She was assisted with a cataract surgery last June through our Mission Cataract program (Legacy Devers Eye Institute’s Dr. Eric Jones performed that surgery). Josepha is practically blind in her other eye and is on the waiting list for an upcoming Mission Cataract event.

“I am a very poor woman, I always have been and I probably always will be. The joy I felt when you told me that I was approved for the surgery was beyond words. I thought, ‘This is truly a miracle!’ I am so grateful to you all for my new sight because I need to take care of my grandchildren. I can’t contribute any other way. I didn’t want to be a further burden to my daughter since she supports me and gives me a roof over my head. I thought I was going blind and that no one would pay for such an expensive surgery. But God is good and you have been a blessing in my life.”

Elvin Harris

Elvin had double cataracts and he had resigned himself to blindness. Elvin had found it was hard to admit it to others, including his kids. One day he came in contact with a stranger who asked how he was doing. Usually he’d reply “fine.” But this day he said, “Fine, but I’m going blind.”

The lady spent some time showing him resources available, and the local Lions Club in Salem was the first one listed online. Working together, When Elvin applied for the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation’s Patient Care Program, he was going blind. He faced the prospect of loosing his job, and already missed seeing his children grow.

To drive a car or see the colors of the world were some of the things Elvin missed, but the most frightening aspect of losing his sight was the thought that he would not see his daughters grow up.

Elvin qualified for assistance in one eye, and post-surgery Elvin could see the details of the sky and thought, “This is amazing.” When the other cataract worsened after three years, Elvin said he knew there were a lot of people that needed help and he could at least see out of one eye. He prayed and thought, “If it’s meant to be, it will happen.” Again, the Lions came through with the gift of sight saving surgery.

After waking from his second cataract surgery, could immediately see even through the holes in the patch he was wearing. He broke into tears and hugged his wife. The smile on Elvin’s face said it all…he was very happy and grateful for this opportunity. “The Lions were there for me. They are beautiful people and I am so appreciative for their help,” said Elvin.

When Elvin applied for the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation’s Patient Care Program, he was going blind. He faced the prospect of loosing his job, and already missed seeing his girls grow up. After waking from his second cataract surgery, Elvin broke into tears and hugged his wife. “The Lions were there for me. They are beautiful people and I am so appreciative for their help.”