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Deb White

“EVERYONE HAS THE POWER TO CHANGE A LIFE WITH A SMALL DONATION.”

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Every donation to the Himalayan Cataract Project helps make a difference for those struggling with unnecessary blindness in the developing world.

We would like to introduce you to Deb White. Deb has become an incredible advocate for our organization. She has chosen to use her talents to help change lives. Here is her story.

After reading Second Suns for a book club, Deb White was touched by the story of Himalayan Cataract Project's co-founders, Drs. Geoff Tabin and Sanduk Ruit. Legally blind herself, Deb could relate to the struggles associated with cataracts and vision loss, and wanted to give back.

She could not believe how simple it was to give a person in the developing world the opportunity to regain their sight. "I was really struck by the fact that a simple procedure, which costs about $25, can literally restore a life," says Deb. "That's amazing."

While she can understand how it feels to lose vision, Deb says she can't imagine living under the conditions many are dealing with in remote areas around the world. So, she is doing what she can to raise money to help the Himalayan Cataract Project reach these people. 

Using the website GoFundMe.org and making custom puzzles and wood turned bowls to sell, Deb has raised more than $3,000. She has also raised awareness and funds through biking. Recently, she biked from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee.

A retired math teacher, Deb now helps to run a maple sugar camp with her husband, a Native American Ojibwe. She also volunteers at an Ojibwe language immersion school.