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10/20/10 08:33AM

3rd Annual Tampa Bay VisionWalk Set to Raise Funds for Blindness Research

The Foundation Fighting Blindness will host its 3rd Annual 5K VisionWalk in Tampa Bay on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Al Lopez Park. The event will raise money for research that will lead to cures for retinal degenerative diseases that affect more than 10 million Americans.

TAMPA BAY – OCTOBER 4 -- The Foundation Fighting Blindness (www.FightBlindness.org) will host its 3rd Annual 5K VisionWalk in Tampa Bay on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Al Lopez Park. Registration begins at 9:00 AM and the Walk will start at 10:00 AM.

The event will raise money for the research that will lead to cures for retinal degenerative diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease, and numerous others. These diseases affect more than 10 million Americans of all races and ethnic groups, young and old.

“It’s heartbreaking to see children and adults alike suffer from diseases that are causing blindness,” says Mary Lou Evans, Walk Co-Chair. “The Foundation Fighting Blindness is funding key research around the world that is leading to very promising treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases. VisionWalk is an important event that will move us one step closer to a cure.”

More than 350 members of the community are expected to participate in this year’s Walk. Special thanks to our Walk Co-Chairs Mary Lou and Corey Evans, and the Tampa Bay Chapter, for their leadership and dedication. Please bring your entire family to join in on the fun and excitement – your canine family members are welcome as well! We will have various activities for children, including a bounce house. We will also have plenty of snacks and refreshments, a creative t-shirt contest, and much more.

To participate in the 3rd Annual Tampa Bay VisionWalk, or to learn more about supporting local or national VisionWalk events or the Foundation Fighting Blindness, visit www.VisionWalk.org or call Keytia Ortiz, Events Manager at 866-782-7330.

About the Foundation Fighting Blindness
The Foundation Fighting Blindness (www.FightBlindness.org) is the largest source of non-governmental funding for retinal degenerative disease research in the world. The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.