2016-06-29 / Front Page

Queens Elmhurst Hospital LPN Tamara Aqil Wind Eye Bank

Queens Elmhurst Hospital LPN, Tamara Aqil, is one of two winners of The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration’s 2016 Young Ambassador Scholarship. The $1,000 annual scholarship was established in memory of Christopher Nordquist, who died at age two and gave the gift of sight to two people as an eye donor.

Aqil presented information about eye, organ and tissue donation to her co-workers in nursing. To enhance her presentation, she created an outstanding visual display as well as a video of New York City sights with a message urging New Yorkers to, “Sign up in the Donate Life Registry and give the gift of sight.” Ms. Aqil is currently enrolled at Excelsior College working towards her undergraduate degree in Nursing. She says the award will help cover her college expenses.

The Young Ambassador Scholarship is awarded to a qualifying applicant under the age of 25 who is entering or currently enrolled in college and has worked to increase public awareness of eye, organ, and tissue donation. For more information about The Eye-Bank’s Young Ambassador Scholarship, please visit www.eyedonation.org/scholarship

The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1944 whose mission is to restore sight by providing cornea tissue for sight-saving transplant surgery and ocular tissue for research into treatments and cures of other blinding eye diseases. Almost anyone from ages one through 75 can be an eye donor. Annually 1,100 people have their sight restored with donor tissue provided by The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration. For more information about registering to be an eye, organ and tissue donor, contact The Eye-Bank at www.eyedonation.org or call us at 212-742-9000.

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