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VRC November Blog

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ―John F. Kennedy

The Vision Resource Center provides opportunities and resources to improve the quality of life of adults and children in the Cape Fear Region who are visually impaired.

Hubbs Corn Maze - VRC Youth Group Our VRC Youth Family is Growing! We welcomed several new youth this month and are continuing to grow monthly. Our crew had an amazing night zip-lining, giant bounces and slides, animal hayride, carnival games, and an adventurous-walk through the corn maze! But the best part of the evening was gathering around a warm camp fire making smores, sharing stories and spending time together! Everyone is excited about our next adventure for our (ALL NIGHT lock-in) | Christmas Party at Planet Fun on December 1st.

Hubb's Farm (Home of Hubb's Corn Maze) October 27th, 2018

If you want some laughs and Tons of Fun on a Friday Night, join our VRC Adults at our next Jazzy Friday at Cypress Bend Vineyards. To Volunteer call 910-483-2719.

It's that time again. Your vote matters!! The VRC makes sure our blind and visually impaired get out to vote!!!! Be the change.

Looking forward to November 6th, where we'll receive a demonstration on the e-Sight (Sight-enhancing glasses for the visually impaired) that helps those with a visual impairment see the world.

Far beyond the limits of traditional assistive devices, e-Sight electronically restores sight for the visually impaired - including those who are legally blind - allowing them to participate in virtually any Activity of Daily Living while remaining completely mobile. To learn more visit:

e-Sight | Sight Enhancing Glasses for the Visually Impaired

Join us as we honor the men and women who sacrificially serve, protect, and defend our country. This day was declared a National Holiday in 1938. Therefore, we take this day to commemorate and celebrate the brave, loyal, and selfless to soldiers and their families for giving us the opportunity to live freely in this great country. Keep these men and women in your thoughts and prayers not only on Nov. 11 but the other 364 days of the year.

Honoring all the men and women who serve

November is Diabetes Awareness Month (2018)

Cape Fear Eye Associates, pa - 1726 Metro Medical Drive Fayetteville

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes | Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, which aims to increase awareness of diabetes and diabetic eye disease and encourage people with diabetes to seek treatment for vision problems related to diabetes.

According to Prevent Blindness America, diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults - and all people with diabetes are at risk for vision loss and blindness from diabetic eye disease. Diabetic retinopathy usually has no early warning signs. It can be detected only through a comprehensive eye examination that looks for early signs of the disease.

Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease

Points to Remember

  1. Diabetic eye disease comprises a group of eye conditions that affect people with diabetes. These conditions include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract, and glaucoma.

  2. All forms of diabetic eye disease have the potential to cause severe vision loss and blindness.

  3. Diabetic retinopathy involves changes to retinal blood vessels that can cause them to bleed or leak fluid, distorting vision.

  4. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and a leading cause of blindness among working-age adults.

  5. DME is a consequence of diabetic retinopathy that causes swelling in the area of the retina called the macula.

  6. Controlling diabetes—by taking medications as prescribed, staying physically active, and maintaining a healthy diet—can prevent or delay vision loss.

  7. Because diabetic retinopathy often goes unnoticed until vision loss occurs, people with diabetes should get a comprehensive dilated eye exam at least once a year.

  8. Early detection, timely treatment, and appropriate follow-up care of diabetic eye disease can protect against vision loss.

  9. Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with several therapies, used alone or in combination.

  10. NEI supports research to develop new therapies for diabetic retinopathy, and to compare the effectiveness of existing therapies for different patient groups.

From our VRC Family to Yours.... Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! Our office will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day (November 22nd and November 23rd)

Happy Thanksgiving!

The VRC could use your help! We always need volunteers, so if you are looking for a way to give back to your community, try the VRC. We invite you to join us and find out just how fulfilling and FUN it is to be a part of this great organization! More about volunteering can be found here: Volunteers Needed

Make a Difference - Volunteer at the Vision Resource Center (910) 483-2719

A Note From Our Executive Director

Terri Thomas, VRC Executive Director

Fall is HERE... So many things come with this season, cooler weather, family and friend gatherings, and best of all we celebrate THANKSGIVING a day that we all take out to give THANKS for all our blessings! We are THANKFUL for all our significant donors/grantees. Cumberland Community Foundation, we thank the Elizabeth A Hudspeth Endowment, Cornelia “Neill” Bullock Wilkins Charitable Endowment Fund and our Friends of the VRC Endowment donors and sponsor. We appreciate The United Way of Cumberland County. Many thanks to ALL the individual gifts from very special donors; our sponsors and volunteers; Alysa Buchanan and Cory Worrell (our technology gurus) and our VRC family Board and staff and to those that attended our events, read our blog or FB post and visit the website or referred a new VRC family member... and to ALL in between ... We are so BLESSED!!! Think about us in your year-end giving we STILL have lots of work to do in the blind and visually impaired community.

It's that time of year again, our 7th annual "Out of Sight" Dining Event and this year we are adding a twist to the fun! Stay tuned.....

Many ways to make a difference:

Become a sponsor or purchase a ticket

Platinum Sponsor $5,000.00

Gold Sponsor: $2,500.00

Silver Sponsor: $1,200.00

Bronze Sponsor: $600.00

Super Support: $300.00

Tickets $75.00 each

Reserved Table $600.00

*Donate some good stuff for our silent or live auction

*Donation any amount

*Be a volunteer, by calling the office

Make a difference in the world of people with no or low vision.

#VRC #1939-2018 #growth#giving#thanks

Until next time

With love and blessings,

Terri Thomas

Executive Director

Vision Resource Center

…..Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired

Coming Up in November 2018:

Nov 01: Tokay 9:30-11:00 am

Nov 06: E-Sight Glasses Demonstration 5:00 pm  

Nov 07: Smithfield Outlet Shopping Trip

Nov 08: Tokay 9:30-11:00 am

Nov 12: Veterans Day

Nov 14: Thanksgiving Family Meeting 11:00-1:00 pm $10.00

Nov 19: Fruitcake Factory

Nov 22: Thanksgiving Day Office Closed

Nov 23: Office Closed

Nov 27: Movies or Homeless Project TBA

Nov 29: Tokay 9:30-11:00 am

Nov 30: Givens Performing Arts Center 10th Holiday Extravaganza 8:00 pm

Please call James to cancel your ride at 910-476-6684


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