Memphis VisionWalk a Great Success

2012 visionwalk photo Some of the participants in the 2012 Memphis VisionWalk

On October 19, 2013, the Mid-South Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) held the Memphis VisionWalk at Overton Park, raising more than $43,000 in the fight against blinding retinal diseases. Chaired by Janice Caudill, this annual 5K was one of 51 walks taking place across the country this year. Since its inception in spring 2006, VisionWalk has raised over $28 million nationwide to fund sight-saving research. The UT Hamilton Eye Institute team, iWalk4iSight, raised more than $6,400 for this year's walk, led by team captain and FFB chapter president, Alessandro Iannaccone, MD, MS, director of HEI's Retinal Degeneration & Ophthalmic Genetics Service. Congratulations to Dr. Iannaccone, Ms. Caudill, and all of the teams and walkers for their outstanding work.

If you would like to become involved in next year's walk, please visit the Memphis VisionWalk web site or call Maria Donile, events manager for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, at 1-847-680-0100.

VisionWalk is a signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Over 10 Million Americans are affected by blinding retinal diseases including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is working to find treatments and cures for these devastating diseases by funding leading edge research in area such as genetics, gene therapy, transplantation, artificial retinal implants and pharmaceutical and nutritional therapies. The Foundation Fighting Blindness is making a difference today to make the world a brighter place for those suffering with retinal degenerative diseases.

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