Join Extraordinary Local Youth in Walk Against Blindness

Posted on Apr 8 by SEASONS Magazine

Last year's VisionWalk, courtesy of Foundation Fighting Blindness

Last year’s VisionWalk, courtesy of Foundation Fighting Blindness

Lace up your trainers and lend your feet to the fight against blindness at the 3rd Annual Santa Barbara VisionWalk. On April 13, scores of people affected by vision loss will gather at Chase Palm Park in Santa Barbara to raise money for sight-saving research, promising a brighter future for the more than 10 million Americans afflicted by blinding retinal degenerative diseases.

Among these 10 million is 11-year-old Meghan Downing, a Santa Barbara resident whose descent into blindness has, remarkably, only served to motivate her and move her to activism.

Scarcely two years ago, Meghan was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a genetic eye condition that causes progressive vision loss. Legally blind within only six months of her diagnosis, Meghan refused to let the disease stand in the way of her passions, which include being a Girl Scout, swimming competitively, surfing and playing the Irish fiddle.

April 13 will see the return of her VisionWalk team Meghan’s Posse, which last year included 70 walkers and raised an impressive $7,000 for cutting-edge studies intent on curbing blindness. Good luck posse!

Launched by the Foundation Fighting Blindness in 2006, the VisionWalk program has since attracted tens of thousands of participants in events across the country, raising over $25 million for blindness research.

The free event will include a scenic 5K walk course and refreshments, as well as carnival games, a carousel and more family-friendly entertainment. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. For more information, please click here.

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or only walk from the front door to the car, join the community in fighting against blindness.

-James Moore

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