May 2010

 

OPHTHALMOLOGY NEWS

 

Nonprofit started by 8-year-old to help young eye surgery patients


   

Children facing eye surgery can receive comfort from a non-profit started by an 8 year-old in Traverse City, MI, according to the Record-Eagle.

Kayla Kares Inc. launched last fall by third grader Kayla Polk, will soon provide stuffed animals to pediatric eye surgery patients. Now almost, 9 years old, Polk was only seven when she dreamed of helping others following her own eye surgery. Her inspiration sprung from having received a stuffed animal from her friend in her time of need and returning the favor when it was her friend’s turn.

The idea turned into reality with help from Polk’s mother, grandfather and great-grandfather. The non-profit has a website—www.kaylakaresinc.com—and a Facebook page with 345 friends and counting, the local report said. The set-up also includes an attorney, post office box and business cell phone. In an effort to get more donations of new stuffed animals and raise money to purchase more, Kayla Kares Inc. has organized a spaghetti dinner fundraiser May 5 to officially kick off the program. The family event also includes a silent auction and door prizes. Gently used stuffed animals may be donated and will be resold to raise money for the program, according to the report.

Already, Polk’s pay-it-forward attitude has caught on and kindergarten students from St. Linus Elementary School in Dearborn Heights sent Kayla a box of new stuffed animals for her program. “They wondered if it was ok if their class could pick Kayla Kares for their charity this year,” Kyra told the Record-Eagle of the Facebook connection. “That’s the nice thing, it’s kids helping kids.”

Kayla Kares Inc. will donate to young patients of area doctors. Kayla’s own doctor at Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic is excited about the idea, Kyra said in the report. He will have an assortment of stuffed animals at his office for staff to give to young patients as needed. Kayla will also support other regional doctors who treat pediatric eye patients upon request. Requests received via Facebook or through the Kayla Kares website will also be considered.

Source: http://record-eagle.com/ourtown/x1270809726/8-year-old-starts-nonprofit

Reported by EyeWorld News Services

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