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                                                                                                    Prevent Blindness Ohio
                                                                                     Stacie Lehman
                                                                                                                Phone: 800-301-2020 ext. 105
                                                                                                          E-mail: [email protected]


Columbus, OH (March 28, 2012)- Joan Brock, author and inspirational speaker, who lost her sight at age 32, received a standing ovation after she addressed participants at the Ohio Forestry Association Annual Meeting on March 24th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Columbus.  Among the recommendations she made to the audience included getting regular eye exams and supporting Prevent Blindness Ohio, the state’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. In 2000, Joan was named national spokesperson to Prevent Blindness America. 

At the age of 32, Joan Brock suddenly lost her sight from a rare eye disease, in a three week period...WHILE working at a school for blind children. Five years later she tragically lost her husband to cancer and was left to raise her young daughter as a blind, single parent.


Joan is the author of "More Than Meets the Eye," written with Derek L. Gill. It has been translated into several languages and is also a Reader’s Digest Condensed Book. In 2003, Joan’s amazing life story was portrayed in a Lifetime Television Network movie, titled More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story.  Joan travels the country speaking about overcoming adversity with an organized approach and a positive attitude.


For more information about regular eye exams and to receive a free “Vision Resources and Services guide, please contact Prevent Blindness Ohio at 800-301-2020 or visit


About Prevent Blindness Ohio

Prevent Blindness Ohio, founded in 1957, is Ohio’s leading volunteer nonprofit public health organization dedicated to prevent blindness and preserve sight. We serve all 88 Ohio counties, providing direct services to more than 800,000 Ohioans annually and educating millions of consumers about what they can do to protect and preserve their precious gift of sight. Prevent Blindness Ohio is an affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the country’s second-oldest national voluntary health organization. For more information or to make a contribution, call 800-301-2020.  Or, visit us on the web at or  



Author Joan Brock is pictured with Sherry Williams, President & CEO of Prevent Blindness

Ohio, and Ohio Forestry Association leaders, John Dorka, Executive Director, and Mark

Cantwell, President.