March 22, 2018 Hero for Sight Photos by Mary Catherine Fehr

Sight Savers America (SSA) is an Alabama-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded in 1997. Their mission is to identify and secure treatment for unmet vision and health needs.

Sight Savers America’s 5th Annual “Hall W. Thompson Hero For Sight Award” was presented to Edwina Taylor, Founder and former Executive Director of Cahaba Valley Health Care, for her tireless efforts in bringing increased awareness to eye care in Alabama. The award is named after Hall Thompson who was a business leader in our state, served on the board of Sight Savers America and had a profound impact on the organization and on children’s vision issues in Alabama.

This year’s award was commemorated through an original painting created by Ricky Trione, a nationally known artist from Fairhope who is able to overcome his own severe visual impairment to create brilliant artwork. The Sight Savers America “Hall W. Thompson Hero For Sight Award” is permanently displayed through a 25-foot long tribute wall on the first floor lobby of the UAB Callahan Eye Hospital. The tribute space includes permanent recognition for the award recipients along with the commemorative artwork. This year’s painting will be displayed there for one year to honor Edwina Taylor. A new painting will then be unveiled and will be displayed at the hospital for one year to honor next year’s award winner.

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