Two TMI Episcopal students raise over $20,000 for Sight For Life

TMI Episcopal students Paul Kavanagh ‘23 and James Kavanagh ‘23 successfully chaired a fundraiser for a #Climb4Sight climbing event on Mt. Kilimanjaro, benefiting the Sight for Life Foundation. From July 10-31, Paul and James raised over $20,000 toward the climb’s goal through viral internet marketing, text messaging, and social media campaigns. The funds raised by Paul and James will provide a new surgical suite in Malawi that will host sight-saving surgeries for people without the means to pay for them.

The 19,341 foot climb was completed by Dr. Sponsel, M.D., who performs surgeries in Malawi and Guatemala for patients suffering from glaucoma and cataracts. The Sight for Life Foundation funds those two clinics in Africa and Central America, and the Kavanaghs were inspired to help.

James said, “Having parents who are ophthalmologists inspired us to help others who could not afford the treatment needed to restore their sight.” Paul added that, “there is no sense more precious than sight, and restoring it to the less privileged citizens of the world is priceless.”

The charity is very grateful for the boys’ eagerness and skill at helping fundraise for this worthy cause. Donations to the Sight for Life Foundation are still being accepted, click here for more information.