Walk helps research for the blind

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne’s chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is raising funds and awareness for retinal disease for the ninth year in a row.

On Saturday, June 13, the community is invited to participate in a walk that raises funds that go directly to research various retinal diseases including pigmentosa, macular degeneration and user syndrome.

Rick Dahlstrom, local chapter president for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, joined NewsChannel 15’s First News Sunday show. He talked about his personal story with a retinal disease and how the money the walk raises can really make a difference in research.

“The cures are in people’s mind. They know how to get there, they just need the money to accelerate the time,” he said.

Play the video above to hear more about Dahlstorm and his work with the foundation.

So far, the organization has raised $34,000, which is more than half of its $55,000 goal. In 2015, the walk helped raise $62,000 for research.

Register online or at 8:30 a.m. that Saturday. The walk starts at 10 a.m. For more information, click here.

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