He was the victim of a disease that could have taken his eye but a cornea transplant prevented that from happening.
“Jeff’s problems with his left eye started in August of 2009 and it took three cultures and a biopsy some four months later to determine it was a parasite and he has battled this with a cornea transplant in 2010, a tissue transplant a year later and also had a lens replacement,” his wife, Cathy Dorin Lizzi said.
The cornea transplant saved the eye but he still has very little vision although his bowling doesn’t reflect that.”
Jeff Lizzi, co-owner of Star Lanes bowling center with his twin brother, John, has decided to make people aware of problems dealing with the disease.
Therefore, the 47-year-old Sandusky Hall of Fame bowler has initiated a fund-raising tournament in his name.
The Jeff Lizzi Organ & Tissue Donation awareness Benefit event is set for Saturday at Star Lanes with a two-game scotch doubles format.
The entry fee is $50 per team ($25 a person) and all proceeds will benefit two non-profit organizations — the Sandusky Lions Club Fund for the Blind of Erie County and the Lifebanc of Northeast Ohio.
For more information, call Cathy Lizzi at 419-357-0330
“Jeff has been fortunate to get a transplant and is going through damage control in that area. He just wants people to know the importance of organ and tissue donations,” Cathy Lizzi said.
“We have billed this event as “Spare a Life” and hope people will share our vision.
“We have a number of activities planned such as a $10 king/queen bestball event in which the last one standing wins a prize. We also have raffles for a gift basket, bowling ball and other prizes and will also have a strike jackpots and 50/50s during the day that begin at 1 p.m.,” Lizzi said.
“The bestball event has every bowler throwing the ball at the same time and whoever gets seven pins or more advances to the next round, then its eight pins or more and so on. There is one catch, all of the bowlers will wear a patch over their left eye during this event. It should be a lot of fun,” Lizzi said.
“So many people and buisnesses have stepped up to be a part of this and the people at Sawmill Creek have special “Spare a Life” hotel room rates,” she continued.
“There is no donation too big or small. Anyone interested in sending a donation should mail it to Star Lanes/ c/o Spare a Life, 2097 Cleveland Road, Sandusky 44870.”
As for the doubles tournament, participants should use their season book average from the 2012-2013 season and bowlers earned 90 percent handicap from their average and 220.