Our Vision

We aim to globally eliminate preventable early childhood blindness. Our Vision: prevent children from losing theirs.

Our Mission

We raise public awareness of the Glow (leukocoria) and the more than twenty different glow-related eye diseases and drive action to prevent childhood blindness.

Our Purpose

We help parents see their child’s vision in a new light. Because no child should go blind from a preventable eye disease.

Know The Glow Ambassadors

Our aim is to eliminate preventable childhood blindness by educating others about “The Glow”. We need “Know the Glow” Ambassadors who will assist us in sharing their experiences with glow related diseases, raising awareness and support for Know the Glow in their communities, and giving generously to support Know the Glow’s global mission.

Ambassador Requirements

  • Engage with local community NGOs, medical professionals, outreach efforts to build awareness and develop co-branded potential opportunities, research, and be the family liaison for their area and medical ambassador engagement.
  • Persona needs to be country focused and in the long term.
  • 1-2 year time commitment.
  • Great communication skills and proactiveness.
  • No advanced education required but to have some understanding in ophthalmology.

Current Ambassadors

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Carol L. Shields, MD

Dr. Carol Shields completed her residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in 1987 and subsequently did fellowship training in ocular oncology, oculoplastic surgery, and ophthalmic pathology. She is currently Director of the Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

She has authored or coauthored 11 textbooks, 323 chapters in edited textbooks, over 1700 articles in major peer-reviewed journals, given over 850 lectureships, and has received numerous professional awards. The 9 most prestigious awards include:

  1. The Byron Kanaley Award (1979) given to the top student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame.  She was the first woman to receive this award.
  2. The Donders Award (2003) given by the Netherlands Ophthalmological Society every 5 years to an ophthalmologist worldwide who has contributed extensively to the field of ophthalmology.  She was the first woman ever to receive this award.
  3. Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree from the University of Notre Dame (2005) and the Catholic University (2011) bestowed at the graduation ceremonies from each University.  She was the first woman graduate of Notre Dame to receive this award.
  4. The American Academy of Ophthalmology Life Achievement Honor Award (2011) for significant contributions to the field of ophthalmology.
  5. Induction into the Academic All-American Hall of Fame (2011) for lifetime success in athleticism  and career.
  6. President of the International Society of Ocular Oncology (2013-2015) – This is the largest international society of clinicians and basic scientists interested in ocular tumors.  She was the first elected President of this society.
  7. President of the Macula Society (2020) – This is the leading society for retina and vitreous doctors in the world. She served as Treasurer (2017), Secretary (2018), Vice President (2019), and President (2020).
  8. Ophthalmology Power List - Nominated by peers as one of the top 100 leaders in the field of ophthalmology and published in the journal, The Ophthalmologist.  There have only been 5“Top 100” power lists in 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2021  and she was on all four.  In 2020, Dr. Carol Shields was listed at #1 in the Ophthalmology Power List.
  9. The J. Donald M. Gass Lecture of the Retina Society (2019)

Dr. Carol Shields is a member of numerous ocular oncology, pathology, and retina societies and has delivered 57 named lectures in America and abroad. She has been active in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She serves on the editorial/advisory board of 31 journals including JAMA Ophthalmology, Retina, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and International Journal of Clinical Oncology.

She practices Ocular Oncology on a full time basis with on the Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital. Each year the Oncology Service manages approximately 500 patients with uveal melanoma, 120 patients with retinoblastoma, and numerous other intraocular, orbital, and adnexal tumors from the United States and abroad. She and her husband Jerry are the parents of 7 children, ranging in age from 21 to 33 years.

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Christina Gill

Christina joined our team in January 2022 after her youngest son Eli lost his eye to advanced Coats’ Disease in September 2021. Christina first noticed the glow in Eli’s eye September 1st and learned the many conditions that could be related to the glow from finding the KTG website. Once her family had arrived on the other side of enucleation, Christina knew she wanted to help raise awareness and help future children from having the same fate that her son had because they had missed the glow for so long. Dr. Carol Shields, Eli’s doctor, had briefly given Christina some information about how Eli was going to go on to live a normal life and to stress the importance of protecting our eyes. This moment changed Christina forever and has opened her mind to endless possibilities in helping as many families as possible.

Christina lives in North Central Pennsylvania with her husband and three sons. She is a Penn State graduate with a BA degree in Organizational Leadership and works full-time in project management consulting at one of the nation's big four Accounting Firms. Christina has a passion for connecting people together and sharing their stories. She has been able to connect KTG with Rochester’s Flaum Eye Institute and has further strengthened our connection with Dr. Carol Shields and her team in Philadelphia. Christina is also very passionate about finding families, sharing their stories, and as many resources as possible. Christina is now spearheading a project called After the Glow, a resource page dedicated to helping families move forward after the glow has been detected. Her passion and energy is infectious and she has quickly become an integral part of our team! We are beyond proud to have her as our Global Family Coordinator and can't wait to see what other new ideas she will bring to help make KTG an even better stronger resource for all our Glow families.