Ten Years and Counting
Vision Walk, the Foundation’s signature 5K event, has reached its 10th year
and resulted in close to $40 million and thousands of participants.
ORLANDO, Northern Virginia, the Triangle region of North Carolina, Chicago and Orange
County. Ten years ago, those were the
Foundation Fighting Blindness’ first
Vision Walks. They were launched with the
idea that each region of the country could
tap into a wellspring of fundraising dollars.
The goal, that first season, was $250,000
total. But 1,800 participants on 169 teams
more than doubled it, raising $520,000.
This season, two more walks—Cincin-
nati/Northern Kentucky and Colorado—
will celebrate their 10th years. But more
importantly, close to 50 walks in 30 states
have raised $38 million for retinal research
this past decade, making Vision Walk an
integral part of FFB’s fundraising reper-
toire. It’s also something of its own culture.
If you’ve never experienced a
Vision Walk, it’s not just a 5K jaunt, but
a full-fledged event. Musical acts, face-painting, team mascots, local cuisine and
picturesque settings are just a few of the
add-ons. Not to mention the camaraderie
among walkers, many affected by retinal
diseases, and the teams with which
they’re associated—all striving to top the
previous year’s take.
For more information, check out www.
Vision Walk.org. A brand-new Vision Walk
video, at www.blindness.org/VWJoinUs,
also captures the program’s spirit.
And please keep this in mind—every
step taken during a Vision Walk is a step
closer to a cure.
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