Third Annual Memphis VisionWalk a Success

The HEI team, iWalk4iSight, at Overton Park for the Memphis VisionWalk

With 17 teams and 550 people in attendance, the third Memphis VisionWalk benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness was the biggest and best VisionWalk to date. Hosted by the Foundation's Mid-South Chapter of Memphis, the event took place October 23 at Overton Park. The UT Hamilton Eye Institute team, iWalk4iSight, was led by HEI's Retinal Degeneration & Ophthalmic Genetics Service director, Alessandro Iannaccone, MD, MS. Among those participating were patients and their families, as well as faculty, residents, and medical students. The team raised over $10,000, the single largest amount raised by any individual team in the history of the Memphis VisionWalk. Since its inception in spring 2006, the Foundation Fighting Blindness national VisionWalk program has raised over $13 million to fund sight-saving research. Event chair Tim Smeltser opened the event. Then, Dr. Iannaccone, as chapter co-president and VP of fundraising, introduced the honorary chair, Congressman Steve Cohen. Emphasizing the importance of eyesight, Congressman Cohen expressed gratitude to HEI vice-chair James C. Fleming, MD, FACS, and clinical professor Steve Charles, MD, for saving his vision.

Organizers for the 2011 Memphis VisionWalk will begin planning next year's event soon. If you would like to know more or become involved in future walks, please visit the Memphis VisionWalkexternal link web site or call Tim Marabella at 1-847-680-0100. The Foundation Fighting Blindness Mid-South Chapter of Memphis holds meetings at the UT Hamilton Eye Institute. Attendance and parking are free. For information about upcoming meetings, please contact Q. Hutchinson, 1-800-683-5555 (ext. 1629).