Casey the Elk Delivers Handmade Quilts to Doernbecher Patients

05/22/00    Portland, Ore.


What:

Casey the Elk, the Elks Children's Eye Clinic mascot, and Elks volunteers from the Casey Eye Institute deliver handmade quilts to patients in Doernbecher Children's Hospital

When:

Wednesday, May 24, 11 a.m.

Where:

Meet in the lobby of Doernbecher Children's Hospital

For more than 50 years, Oregon Elks volunteers and the staff of the Casey Eye Institute at Oregon Health Sciences University have been comforting young patients facing eye surgery. This year, Casey and the Elks have teamed up with Doernbecher Children's Hospital to spread a little additional cheer. On Wednesday, May 24, Casey the Elk, the Elks Children's Eye Clinic mascot, and Elks volunteers from the Casey Eye Institute will hand out handmade quilts and afghans to Doernbecher patients along with Casey the Elk stickers.

Since the early '90s each and every child who has undergone an eye operation at the Elks Children's Eye Clinic has received a handmade quilt or afghan along with a stuffed Casey the Elk doll courtesy of the Elks. Throughout the year, Oregon Lady Elks at 14 Elks lodges across the state spend countless hours sewing the colorful blankets. Each spring and fall hundreds of quilts arrive at OHSU to be given to Casey patients. However, a surplus prompted this week's gift to Doernbecher.

"For many of our young patients and their families, these handmade quilts make a difficult situation just a little bit easier," said Joseph Robertson, M.D., professor and chairman of OHSU's Department of Ophthalmology at the Casey Eye Institute. "This donation to Doernbecher by the Elks is their latest act of incredible generosity and kindness."

The Oregon State Elks Association also sponsors the Pediatric Ophthalmology/Examination Room at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, making on-the-spot clinical expertise available to all specialty clinic staff and patients.

For more than half a century, the Oregon Elks have sponsored the Elks Children's Eye Clinic, providing quality eye care to more than 100,000 patients. Since 1949 the Elks have donated millions of dollars to the clinic at OHSU to help all children enjoy the gift of sight. These funds pay for personnel, the latest equipment and technology, medical supplies, as well as corrective glasses and contact lenses for those who could not otherwise afford them.

Editors: Please contact Jim Newman in University News at (503) 494-8231 if you are interested in attending this event.

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