LOCAL NAVY SERVICEMAN WINS FREE LASIK / PRK
PROCEDURE FROM MAY EYE CARE CENTER & ASSOCIATES
With Improved Vision From LASIK / PRK, Justin Keffer Will be Free to Pursue
His Dream of Becoming a Member of the Navy Special Forces
Military LASIK Giveaway Awarded Based on Online Poll that Received
More than 6,000 Votes from all 50 States and Several Foreign Countries!
May Eye Care Center & Associates in Hanover, Pa., is proud to announce Justin Keffer, a Navy Seabee, has won our Military LASIK Giveaway. One of four local finalists in the contest, Keffer will receive the LASIK / PRK procedure from Dr. May of the May Eye Care Center when he returns home from active duty. The four other finalists will be offered a 50 percent discount on the LASIK procedure of their choice.
Nominations for the giveaway began on Veterans Day, November 11, 2008. May Eye Care Center & Associates created the contest as a way to thank those in the military for their service. The winner was determined by an online poll on www.MayEyeCare.com. Voting ended March 31 and brought in over 6,000 votes from across the United States and around the globe. The contest was promoted on a social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.
Keffer joined the Navy in August 2007, shortly after he graduated from New Oxford High School. He joined with the hope of becoming a member of the Navy Special Forces Unit E.O.D. (Explosion, Ordinance, and Demolition). However, Keffer was denied the chance due to his poor eyesight. Keffer currently serves as a Navy Seabee, a member of the construction unit for the Navy, and is stationed in Afghanistan. Keffer is hopeful that the LASIK procedure will allow him to meet the vision requirements needed to join the prestigious Special Forces Unit E.O.D.
“We are excited to help give this courageous young man the chance to fulfill his dream of joining the Special Forces. The staff at May Eye Care Center & Associates is grateful for the protection the members of the military provide us with, and thought offering a free LASIK procedure would be a perfect way to give back to a member of the military,” said Dr. Carl May, Jr., one of the top LASIK surgeons in the mid-Atlantic. Dr. May will be performing the LASIK / PRK procedure for Keffer sometime this spring.
The finalists used multiple forms of communication to campaign and encouraged friends, family and fellow military personnel to vote for them in the online poll.
“We were overwhelmed with the amount of votes the four finalists received,” said Dr. May. “The response was much larger than we ever expected.”
The three other finalists of the LASIK giveaway include:
· Samuel L. Coover, National Guard, New Oxford, Pa.
· Anthony J. Graber, III, Air Force, Hanover, Pa.
· Zachary Krise, ROTC Army, Hanover, Pa.
For more information on the procedures offered at May Eye Care Center & Associates visit www.MayEyeCare.com. or call 717-637-1919.
Congratulations Again to the 4 Finalists!
Samuel L. Coover
Samuel L. Coover is 1st Lt. Of the 2-112th Infantry, 56th Stryker Brigade in the Pennsylvania National Guard and is currently stationed in Iraq, scheduled to return home in September. Samuel is a Physical Science and Chemistry teacher at Littlestown High School, and has aspirations to become a school principal. He is the father of Elizabeth, 8 years old, Christopher, 7 years old, and Jenna, 6 years old, all of whom readily wait his homecoming. Samuel is nearsighted and has endured the hassles of glasses and contacts for over 20 years. LASIK surgery would allow him to carry out his leadership roles as teacher and officer without the distraction caused by corrective lenses.
Anthony J. Graber, III
Anthony J. Graber, III joined the United States Air Force (USAF) in August 2003. He follows in his father’s footsteps, who recently retired from the USAF after serving the citizens of The United States of America for 26 years. Anthony has worn glasses since he was a teenager, and has always dreamed of having LASIK surgery. He is currently forced to wear prescription goggles in the field, which are difficult to see through. The procedure would give Anthony the ability to proudly serve his country through clear eyes. Anthony was nominated for the contest by his mother.
Justin Keffer joined the Navy in August 2007, a few months after he graduated from New Oxford High School. He joined with the hope saving lives as a member of the Navy Special Forces Unit E.O.D. (Explosion, Ordinance, and Demolition). However, after numerous physicals and grueling workouts, he was denied his dream due to his poor eyesight. Currently, Justin is a Navy Seabee, a member of the construction unit for the Navy, and is stationed in Afghanistan until his return in March. He hopes to one day have the LASIK procedure so he can finally fulfill his dream of being in the Special Forces Unit. Justin was nominated for the contest by his mother, father, and sister.
Zachary Krise is a 2005 graduate of South Western High School and is currently enrolled at East Stroudsburg University with duel majors of Criminology and Sociology and a minor in Psychology. He was sworn into the Army in April 2008, and will be traveling to Fort Lewis in Spokane, WA for Officers Candidate School this May. Zach would like to fly Apache Helicopters; however, his vision has barred him from this goal thus far. After wearing contacts for 12 years, Zach hopes to someday get the privilege to have the LASIK procedure to improve his chances of flying Apache Helicopters. Zach was nominated for this contest by his father.