Success Stories From Lions
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"LSH has been a blessing for my people.”
The first person Pat Riley referred to LSH was a client of his.
“He’d been in and out of recovery for a number of years,” Pat says, “and he needed cataract surgery. He had insurance, but he couldn’t afford the copay. LSH helped him with the copay; he had the surgery and he can see fine now – it was great.”
Pat has been a Lion for 12 years, and he remembers when LSH’s CEO, Randy Stein, came to visit his club in Pasadena.
“It wasn’t long before I started referring people,” Pat recalls.
His work with LSH has pulled together two strands of his life: the Salvation Army, where he is Director of Social Services, and the memory of his mother, who was blind since Pat can remember and who passed away four years ago. “I like being able to help people with sight problems in memory of my mom,” he says.
What impressed Pat the most was the quick turnaround. “The foundation got back to me within 24 hours,” he remembers.
Since then, Pat has referred several clients to LSH. Another one came through the president of Pat’s club. “He’s a chiropractor. He called and said that one of his patients couldn’t hear and couldn’t afford hearing aids. She was in her seventies. I helped her with the paperwork and it all worked out – she was ecstatic.”
Pat’s enthusiasm for the LSH mission made him an obvious fit for the LSH Board. “For me, it’s just another way to help people. I’m a social worker, and LSH has been a blessing for my people. It’s been really cool.”