Poepl learned a lot from her dad, Rusty Poepl, who died in
2008 at the age of 95. Among the many gifts he passed on was an
example of how to age gracefully – despite the devastating
impact of vision loss. It is a lesson that has stayed with Poepl
and even inspired a recent gift to Phillips Eye Institute
diagnosed with macular degeneration while in his mid-80s.
“The first thing to go was driving,” Poepl recalled. “But to be
honest, he sort of enjoyed having my mother take over the
driving. He would always tell us, ‘I’m the best gawker in town.’”
time went on, vision loss took a toll on his independence,
personal interests and quality of life. “He coped
beautifully, but this was a man who played 12 musical instruments
and read four newspapers a day,” said Poepl.
learned that Phillips
Eye Institute can offer a new
telescopic implant treatment for some people with macular
degeneration, she wanted to help. Her family’s foundation,
the Rusty and Mary Jane Poepl Foundation, was launched a
few years ago. Its goal is to honor her parents through
charitable giving that focuses on aging issues, music and
knows that if her dad’s vision could have been improved,
it would have enriched the last years of his life even more.
“We thought this would be a wonderful way to honor our
dad,” she said. “This allows us to give someone hope that
he or she will see better.”
To learn more about
how you can support Phillips Eye Institute Foundation, call Laurie Hennen at
telescopic implant is a new device recently
approved for people with advanced
macular degeneration who meet
specific diagnostic criteria. When
combined with intensive vision rehabilitation
training, the device can help a
person to perform daily living
tasks and enjoy social interactions more
fully. To learn more, call 612-775-8842.
Jeanne Poepl's parents, Rusty and Mary Jane Poepl.