Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1880, Helen Keller developed a fever at 18 months of age that left her blind and deaf.

With the help of an exceptional teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan of the Perkins School for the Blind, Helen Keller learned sign language and braille. A few years later, she learned to speak. As an adult she became a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. And in 1925, she attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."

The Lions accepted her challenge and their work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.

Inland Empire Lions Clubs sponsor vision screenings throughout the year calling on local optometrists and ophthalmologists to join in their all-volunteer service for the underprivileged. IEOS members are urged to participate, perhaps giving up just one Saturday a year.

For the current California Lions Friends in Sight schedule click on the link below. For more information, contact Brian Van Dusen, O.D. at 951-833-2813 or [email protected].