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Edwin Novak, 72, is a Flint, Mich., optometrist who has spent at least six years on a week-long trip to the jungles of Panama in order to provide eye exams to the native people. On one of his trips he was able to bring 3,200 pairs of used glasses that were donated by the Lions Club and fit 276 men, women and children with glasses. Novak also has a deep involvement with the Catholic church. He became a deacon in 1995. It was the church that led Novak to the remote Polish Franciscan priest mission in Panama where the doctor has volunteered his services.