VisionWalk exceeds annual goal

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Hundreds of walkers participated in the eighth annual VisionWalk Saturday morning at Headwaters Park.

The 5k walk raises funds and awareness for blinding diseases like macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa, which affect more than 10 million Americans.

Teams of walkers raised $62,000, which didn’t include walk day, surpassing organizers’ goal by $10,000.

Proceeds benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

The event also included balloon twisting, temporary tattoos, refreshments and entertainment.

About Foundation Fighting Blindness

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is a national non-profit organization driving the research that will lead to preventions, treatments and cures for retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome and the entire spectrum of Retinal Degenerative diseases that affect more than 10 million Americans. Since 1971, the Foundation has raised nearly $550 million as the leading non-governmental funder of inherited retinal research. Breakthrough Foundation-funded studies using gene therapy have restored significant vision in children and young adults who were previously blind, paving the way for additional clinical trials to treat a variety of retinal degenerative diseases. With a coveted four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the Foundation also has nearly 50 chapters that provide support, information and resources to affected individuals and their families in communities across the country.

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