Senator honor's Lions efforts to prevent blindness

New York State Senator John A. DeFrancisco yesterday joined his senate colleagues in honoring members of New York's Lions Clubs as they marked 90 years of promoting programs and efforts to prevent blindness and assist those who are visually impaired.

Sen. DeFrancisco met with Skaneateles' Charles Wallace who represents the Lions Clubs in the senator's 50th senate district. Eleven other New York Lions governors were also in attendance to represent every corner of the state.

Wallace and his fellow Lions governors were presented with a senate resolution honoring the 90th anniversary of the community-based service group and commemorating the annual Lions Walk for Sight, which will be held April 21.

"These Lions governors and their members are dedicated to raising funds to help prevent and treat blindness in our communities," Sen. DeFrancisco said. "I understand that blindness currently afflicts more than 37 million people around the world. These individuals are working to raise public awareness about blindness and make a difference in the lives of people that you and I know who live without their sight-something many of us take for granted."

The Lions are hoping that this year's Walk for Sight will raise $150 million to expand the work of the original Lions' worldwide program to combat preventable blindness.

Photo: Sen. DeFrancisco and Lions governor Charles Wallace on their visit in Albany.

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