The Massachusetts Lion’s Eye Research Fund is a non-profit organization that works to fund research on the prevention and cure of eye-related diseases. It is focused in the Boston area and currently awards nearly $1 million in grants per year – grants funded by donations.
In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International convention and challenged them to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness”. In the spirit of Helen Keller, the Massachusetts Lion’s Eye Research Fund was founded in 1951, and since then has funded over $32 million of grants.
As one iGive member describes, “In the early 1950s, Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Inc. (MLERFi) awarded its first grant to doctors at Harvard Medical School to search for the cause of “blind baby disease” which affected 2500 premature babies per year. That grant helped confirm the discovery that too much oxygen in incubators was the cause. The solution: a 5-cent valve to control the flow of oxygen. Since then, over 150,000 premature babies’ sight has been saved. Today, MLERFi funds bold and innovative research to save and restore the sight of infants and adults alike. Since [they] are an all-volunteer organization, 100% of the funds donated are awarded as research grants. Your donation will help our researchers save or even restore someone’s vision.”