eMPOWER Success Stories

Our clients are finding money for their eSight every single day. Check out their inspirational stories!

Crowdfunding

Great crowdfunding campaigns include pictures and a personal story, just like Mark’s. In less than three weeks, Mark was able to raise $8,455 simply by sharing his eSight Giving Page page online with his network. Mark posted his Giving Page on Facebook, shared it in emails to friends and family, and was even featured in his local news as a result.

Your First Step: Start your own campaign at giving.esighteyewear.com/signup.

Mark L.
Age 52, New Hampshire
Amount Raised: $18,505

eMPOWER Resources Used: Crowdfunding, Service Clubs, Local Media

Service Clubs

After trying on eSight, Crystal reached out to her local Lions Club to tell them about the incredible piece of technology that helped her see. Amazed by what eSight could do for her, Crystal’s Lions took on her campaign and helped her raise the entire $9,995. The club organized a pancake breakfast for Crystal’s eSight and also gave a generous contribution directly to her campaign.

Your First Step:
Locate your nearest service clubs and reach out to the club presidents using our Lions Club Outreach Template.

Crystal M.
Age 41, North Carolina
Amount Raised: $9,995

eMPOWER Resources Used: Service Clubs, Events

Places of Worship

Not only did Krista’s church directly give over $5,000 USD towards her eSight - they also helped her run a fundraising event. Between the silent auction and spaghetti dinner, Krista was able to raise another $3,000 to go towards her very own eSight . In total, Krista raised over $8,000 from her church community alone!

Your First Step:
Reach out to a leader at your place of worship and ask how they can support your campaign for sight.

Krista A.
Age 28, Ohio
Amount Raised: $10,700

eMPOWER Resources Used: Place of Worship, Crowdfunding, Events

Events

Kristy and Jeannine began their eMPOWER journey with an online campaign, but the mother-daughter duo also decided to organize two fundraising events within their community. The two events - a benefit concert and a raffle - were both huge successes. Kristy and Jeannine were able to raise more than $5,000 through these events, which helped them both get their eSights.

Your First Step: Choose an event idea, decide on a date, and start inviting friends and family.

Kristy S. and Jeannine M.
North Carolina
Amount Raised: $17,000

eMPOWER Resources Used: Events, Crowdfunding, Church, Service Clubs

Grants

In the hopes of supplementing her son’s online eSight Giving Page, Tristan’s mom, Lisa, applied to a grant for children. One month later, Lisa got the good news: the foundation was going to cover half the cost of Tristan’s eSight. Between the $5,000 grant and crowdfunding online, Tristan was able to get his very own eSight.


Your First Step: Take at look at our state resources page for grants available within your area. If the individual in need of eSight is 18 years old or younger, please contact us directly at 1-855-837-4448 ext. 8 for next steps.

Tristan S.
Age 12, Texas
Amount Raised: $9,995

eMPOWER Resources Used: Grants, Crowdfunding, Events

Local Media

Courtney took her online fundraising campaign to a new level when she decided to reach out to the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. The popular radio show introduced Courtney live on air, who then spoke about her experience with eSight and her current fundraising campaign. Hundreds of listeners across the United States heard Courtney’s story and she raised the entire $9,995 online in less than one week

Your First Step: Reach out to your local newspaper, TV station, or radio station and ask if they can help spread the word about your online fundraising campaign.

Courtney C.
Age 31, Louisiana
Amount Raised: $10,300

eMPOWER Resources Used: Local Media, Crowdfunding

School

High school junior Primo received a special gift from his school’s basketball team: $2,000 towards his eSight fundraising campaign. Primo’s coach organized a basketball-themed benefit where all proceeds raised went towards helping their fellow teammate see. Between the fundraiser at school and crowdfunding online, Primo was able to receive his eSight.

Your First Step: Reach out to a faculty leader at your school and ask how they can support your campaign for sight.

Primo A.
Age 16, Ohio
Amount Raised: $8,500

eMPOWER Resources Used: School, Crowdfunding, Events

Personal Employer

Mark’s employer went above and beyond to accommodate for him in the workplace. The company donated $4,000 to help Mark get his eSight and also helped him fundraise the remaining amount.

Mark M.
26, Texas
Amount Raised: $7,850

eMPOWER Resources Used: Employer, Crowdfunding

Family Member's Employer

Gigi Contato’s employer also went above and beyond, but in this case, it was to help her family member. Gigi’s company donated $2,000 to help her grandmother, Gloria, purchase an eSight of her own.

Your First Step: Schedule a meeting with your supervisor to discuss eSight as an accommodation in the workplace

Gloria J.
Age 85, New York
Amount Raised: $6,600

eMPOWER Resources Used: Employer, Crowdfunding

Low-Interest Loan

Mark’s employer went above and beyond to accommodate for him in the workplace. The company donated $4,000 to help Mark get his eSight and also helped him fundraise the remaining amount.To purchase eSight, Lukins applied for a low-interest loan with the New Horizons Loan Program. The Florida-based program is designed to help in-state individuals purchase assistive technology by offering loans at a below-market interest rate. Lukins was successfully approved for a loan of $9,995 and was able to purchase his eSight.

Your First Step: Your First Step:
Take at look at our state resources page for available loans in your area.

Lukins S.
Age 39, Florida
Amount Raised: $9,995

eMPOWER Resources Used: Low-Interest Loan

Vocational Rehabilitation

Christine was already working with her local Vocational Rehabilitation center when she first heard about eSight.  Christine introduced eSight to her counsellor and explained how the device could help her see, gain employment, and level the playing field in the workplace. After learning about all the ways that eSight could benefit Christine, the South Carolina Commission for the Blind contributed $4,000 towards her device.

Your First Step: Schedule an appointment with your counsellor to discuss how eSight would benefit you at school or in the workplace.

Christine T.
Age 39, South Carolina
Amount Raised: $4,000

eMPOWER Resources Used: Vocational Rehabilitation

Insurance

Evan was able to receive partial coverage for eSight through his insurance provider, WellCare. WellCare required Evan submit a claim, provide an invoice, and include a letter from his doctor stating that he needed eSight. Once his claim was reviewed, Evan discovered that his insurance provider would be covering $3,500 of the cost.

Your First Step: Contact your insurance provider and ask about the steps required to submit a claim for eSight.

Evan C.
Age 52, Florida
Amount Raised: $3,500

eMPOWER Resources Used: Insurance

Public Figures

Katrina, a huge fan of the Springfield Thunderbirds, received a special gift from her favourite hockey team. Once the General Manager heard about Katrina’s love for the Thunderbirds, the team generously donated $9,995 to their biggest fan. A season ticket holder for several years, Katrina can now watch the games using her eSight.

Your First Step: Try and get in contact with your favorite celebrity, sports team or talk show host, and tell them about your story with vision loss and eSight.

Katrina K.
Age 23, Massachusetts
Amount Raised: $9,995

eMPOWER Resources Used: Public Figures