BayCare Clinic optician prepares for 29th mission trip
Mon, Jan 22, 2018
OCONTO FALLS – Sue Laskowski, a dispensing optician with BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists, is preparing for her 29th optical mission trip.
She’s traveling to Juan Santiago, a municipality of about 3,000 people in the Dominican Republic close to the Haitian border. The trip is January 26 to February 3.
Sue is traveling with VOSH, the Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity group from Wisconsin. VOSH provides vision and quality eye health to people in areas lacking sufficient eye care worldwide.
Sue’s first mission trip was in 1990 to Etzatlan, a town of about 17,000 in west-central Mexico. Her inspiration to travel came in 1989, after a presentation by a doctor who discussed his optical mission trip. She has since completed 28 trips to Mexico.
“I have been in parts of Mexico, but only now going to different parts of the Dominican Republic,” she said.
On these trips, Sue and other VOSH members provide eye exams and prescription glasses to people of all ages in the community. For most recipients, this will be the only opportunity for an eye exam or glasses in their community.
Helping give people the gift of sight quickly became a passion, and Sue now dedicates her vacation time each year for a mission trip.
“Knowing that they can see clearly for the first time in their life makes the trip personally rewarding,” Sue says. “Giving myself to help others better their quality of life is the most fulfilling and gratifying experience.”
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, www.baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.