R.A.M. Glaucoma Fund
– Treatment – Education
Charitable Program of Benevolence initiated and promoted by
Grand Chapter of
Arch Masons of Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island)
designated fund in the
Sciences Centre Foundation
the MEHPs and Companions of the Jurisdiction of the Grand Chapter
of Royal Arch
Masons of Nova Scotia.
has been said that a person does not realize how
valuable something is until it has been lost, and one’s eyesight is
prime example of the importance of that statement. We tend to take our
for granted and seldom are we prepared for the unthinkable.
number of years ago, Most Excellent Companion Harold
Weiland found out he was experiencing the beginnings of the disease of
known as Glaucoma. Most Excellent Companion Weiland also became very
he received what treatment was available, that there was no cure for
and it could only be somewhat treated through current practice and
The hope for a cure therefore could only be realized through research
discussions with the Eye Care Centre at the Queen
Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, it was determined that a partner
the research of this disease would be most welcome, and Most Excellent
Companion Weiland felt that this would be an excellent Imitative for
Arch Masons of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to contribute to as
Charity of Choice.
1996, the Board of General Purposes accepted Most
Excellent Companion Weiland’s proposal to partner with the QE II
to establish the Royal Arch Mason Glaucoma Fund as a Registered Charity
support of Glaucoma Research at the QE II Health Sciences Centre. This
was subsequently ratified at the May Convocation of the Grand Chapter
that end, a sub-committee of the Committee on
Benevolence under the Chairmanship of Most Excellent Companion Weiland
stood up with the mandate to promote this important work within the
Jurisdiction, and eventually generate enough funding for Research to
eradicate, or at least find positive advances in the treatment of this
that time, unfortunately Most Excellent Companion
Weiland has lost his battle with the disease and is now almost totally
It is therefore up to us to continue this important work that he had
twenty years. Over these past years substantial gains have been made in
amount of money earned through the efforts of the Royal Arch Masons of
Jurisdiction and the interest is now being used for its intended
Research. The battle however has not yet been won and we must continue
efforts in the hope that someday this disease may no longer take
control of the
lives of future generations. We as Royal Arch Masons should be proud
have taken on a challenge that, though difficult, may one day make a
significant difference for Society.
is an eye disease that permanently damages the
optic nerve. Glaucoma is a disease which leads to loss of visual field,
beginning with side vision. It is one of the most common causes of
It is a disease affecting one (1) of every ten (10) Canadians over
of age. Although associated with increased age, glaucoma may develop at
from infancy on.
basic cause is unknown, but a number of risk factors
have been identified. These include age, myopia (short sightedness),
general disease such as early heart attack and stroke, and raised
pressure (IOP). By the time you notice visual loss from glaucoma it is
well advanced. This becomes one reason for our research project.
IOP is found in most types of glaucoma and is the
main target for control of the disease. Raised IOP occurs when fluid
obstructed. Visual loss in glaucoma is thought to be caused by raised
other influences on the optic nerve. The gradual loss of nerve function
loss of peripheral, or side, vision painlessly and without notice.
Glaucoma Be Treated?
for glaucoma are painless and take little time. The
IOP is measured with a tonometer, and the optic nerve is viewed through
pupil with an ophthalmoscope. Treatment is begun with eyedrops but MUST
monitored to ensure the best treatment. If detected and treated in time
glaucoma can be controlled.
To Detect Glaucoma?
aware of the possibility of glaucoma AND be tested by
qualified professionals. Inform your doctor of medication you use. Some
such as cortisone (steroid) drops, can cause glaucoma.
is Open-Angle Glaucoma?
glaucoma is the most common form of glaucoma.
Patients rarely notice any symptoms until the disease is well advanced;
truly a "silent blinding disease". Those affected can drive read and
perform most tasks because the visual loss is not a black cloud or a
of the vision. Because this loss is permanent, early detection and
are necessary to preserving remaining vision.
Give Leadership to Meet the Need, "The Grand
Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia (with Prince Edward Island)
Glaucoma Research, Treatment and Public Education the major portion of
is needed into the causes of Glaucoma and the means of early detection.
will lead to the discovery of new and improved "Ways to Treat Glaucoma.'
and support of Glaucoma Research, in co-operation with other concerned
will broaden our understanding.
and ongoing financial support of this programme will enable the funding
grow and the interest income to provide for the accomplishing of our
Please consider the various means to make this possible.
Donations: – Give a gift each year.
Gifts: – Honour the memory of
deceased friends / relatives with a Memorial Gift - make your choice a
to the R.A.M. GLAUCOMA FUND.
Giving: – Set a specific goal for
yourself and give a set portion each month or year until you reach your
– Provide for a major gift to the
Fund as part of your Will.
Bequest: – Give a major gift to the
Fund with the proviso that you receive the interest as income during
a major gift: – now.
Policy: – Take out a Policy
“The Fund” as beneficiary, or
Raising: – Jo in with others in some
project and send the proceeds to the Fund.
Deductions: – Authorize the Fund to
make regular withdrawals of a set amount from your Bank Account.
with the Glaucoma Fund to take out a
policy in their own name and you pay the Premiums during your life
premium is a tax exempt gift.
contribution can be made by Cheque or Money Order
made payable to the RAM Glaucoma Fund – QE II Foundation, through your
to the Grand Secretary, after which a tax receipt will be issued for
of $10.00 or more.
Should you prefer to
pay using Credit Card, Contact the QE II Foundation directly at 902 473
and specify your donation for the RAM Glaucoma Fund – T690.
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