MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Children suffering from vision problems in the Ohio County area are benefitting from a $15,910 gift to the West Virginia University Eye Institute from the Martha Parlin Trust through WesBanco Trust and Investment Services.

The donation to the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP) will help young people with low or no vision gain skills, knowledge and confidence through clinics and summer institute camps, improving their chances for future independence and happiness.  

Thanks to financial support from area foundations, businesses and individuals, CVRP is able to meet the growing demands for low vision rehabilitation services throughout the state.
“We are grateful for the support the Martha Parlin Trust and others throughout the state and nation provide to the WVU Eye Institute,” Lee Wiley, M.D., interim chair of the WVU Department of Ophthalmology, said. “Their gifts to our outreach programs help those who might otherwise not have access to vision care.”

WesBanco has a history of assisting the WVU Eye Institute in providing low vision rehabilitation.  WesBanco, Inc. is a multi-state bank holding company headquartered in Wheeling, W.Va., that operates 111 banking offices in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

The WVU Eye Institute offers a full range of routine and complex eye care services, including subspecialty medical and surgical treatment, laser vision correction and comprehensive eye exams. It houses the Vision Research Center, where researchers are finding better ways to treat and cure eye diseases.  

The gift was made in conjunction with “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.” The $750-million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.

Photo identifications: Anthony Habbit of WesBanco (second from left) presents a check to (from left to right) Terry Schwartz, M.D., Becky Coakley, Dan Oates and Paula Lang from the Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program.
For more information: Angela Jones, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
st: 09-20-12