VisionWalk: To Cure RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa), Macular Degeneration, Usher Syndrome and Related Retinal Degenerative Diseases

Adam and his guide dog, Escort.

Veteran volunteer Adam Lawrence is participating for the fifth year in a row in The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB), Los Angeles VisionWalk. The walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 10 a.m. in UCLA’s Dickson Court. Adam and other volunteers have created teams to raise funds to help find a cure for blindness. Adam was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa when he was a teenager and lost the majority of his vision about eight years ago. He has been involved with FFB for many years doing all he can to generate awareness of the organization as well as soliciting donations for a cause that is near and dear to him.

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 (RP), Macular Degeneration, Usher Syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases. Here are some facts about blindness:

  • More than 10 million Americans suffer vision loss from these blinding diseases.
  • FFB has funded thousands of research studies at hundreds of prominent institutions worldwide.
  • FFB funds research in areas such as genetics, gene therapy, retinal cell transplants, pharmaceutical, and nutritional therapies.
  • Since its inception in 1971, FFB has raised more than $370 million through fundraisers and private donations.
  • FFB has 50 volunteer-led groups, with a “member” base of 250,000 people across the U.S. These dedicated volunteers — like Adam — raise funds, increase public awareness, and provide support to their communities.

Adam wants as many people as possible to join him in this VisionWalk. Free registration for the event starts at 9 a.m. and parking will be free. There will be food, fun for the kids, and a performance by the band WAR after everyone completes the course. Adam, his wife Sheri, and their family obviously have a vested interest in this organization and their cause. However, they are also involved because they want to help others who may not know about FFB that there is an organization out there that wants to provide information and assistance where and when it can. They hope that together they can bring sight to all those who live in darkness.

VisionWalk is a free, family and puppy friendly event to all who wish to attend. Donations can be made online at www.fightblindness.org/goto/adamlawrence. Adam, Sheri, and Adam’s guide dog, Escort, look forward to meeting everyone at this year’s Los Angeles VisionWalk on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.