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Helping Hand: Newport, Morristown Lions Club aid teen


The Rupert family of Parrottsville received help from the Newport and
Morristown Lions Club Thursday night, which will assist them in getting
treatment for their son, Alex, who suffers from keratoconus. From left
are Richard Jones of the Morristown Lions Club, Newport Lions Club
President Charlie Boggan, Alex Rupert, Donna Rupet and Herb Rupert.
Published: 8:01 PM, 05/17/2013 Last updated: 8:00 PM, 05/17/2013

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—A Parrottsville teenager suffering from a serious eye condition may soon get the help he needs thanks, in part, to a team effort of the Newport and Morristown Lions Clubs.

Fourteen-year-old Alex Rupert suffers from keratoconus, which is a degenerative eye disorder that causes the cornea to be cone-shaped, according to Gene Honeycutt of the Morristown Lions Club.

“There are only three doctors in the United States who will deal with this,” said Honeycutt. “Hopefully, after he’s treated, he won’t even have to wear glasses.”

The Morristown and Newport Lions Club presented checks to Rupert and his parents, Herb and Donna Rupert, during a meeting of the Newport Lions Club Thursday at Shoney’s. Because there are so few specialists treating the condition, the Ruperts must travel to California for their son’s treatment. The funds from the Lions Clubs will be used to assist the family in covering expenses.

Richard Jones of the Morristown Lions Club and Newport Lions Club President Charlie Boggan presented the checks to the family.

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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