Kate Giroux is an Arlington business owner who for many years donated her professional time and talents to underserved patients in third world countries. Kate, an optician, went to work for MacPherson Opticians in Arlington in 1978 and in 1986, she bought the business.
In early 2009, she decided to bring her volunteer work home to the local community and reach out to underserved Arlington children with unmet vision care needs. Kate called Alexandra Neves, APC Care Coordinator, to ask how she could help the patients of APC. Alexandra enthusiastically responded to Kate’s huge-hearted offer with a plan.
Alexandra and Kate contacted Dr. Melissa Kern, a leading pediatric opthamologist to enlist her support. “APC kids are seeing the best of the best,” remarks Kate.
Each month, Dr. Kern sees up to five uninsured APC patients regardless of the family’s ability to pay. These five patients next take their eyeglass prescriptions to Kate at MacPherson Optical to be fit for corrective eyewear. “It is fun to watch the results,” Kate says with a smile. “Imagine a 14-year-old near-sighted patient who, for the first time, can look across the street and see the detail on a building. This care can change a child’s life.”