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Cycle for Sight Raises Money for Research on Blinding Diseases

Madison, Wisconsin - To continue research on blinding diseases that affect millions of Americans, including 100,000 Wisconsin residents, the McPherson Eye Research Institute (MERI) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health will sponsor Cycle for Sight, an annual indoor-cycling fundraiser.

 

Indoor cyclingThe event will take place Saturday, March 8, from 10am to 2pm at three Madison locations. Cyclists will be pedaling at the Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF) and the Natatorium on the UW campus, and at the Princeton Club’s west side location.

 

Cycle for Sight is an excellent opportunity for some late-winter exercise, as well as an opportunity to support needed research.

 

Registration fees are $40 per team of four and $10 per individual. Teams or individual participants will get fund-raising pages for accepting pledges.

 

Everyone, including beginners and advanced riders, is encouraged to participate. Trained instructors will be on hand. Three teams of blind and vision-impaired riders will be among those participating in the event.

 

Money raised will be used for research toward cures for a number of maladies associated with vision loss such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, childhood-related sight disorders and many other conditions.

 

Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising teams, including a Freemotion Indoor Cycling Bike valued at almost $2000 (and donated by Direct Fitness Solutions), and a Saris Fluid2 Training Kit (donated by Saris).

 

One of the major sponsors for Cycle for Sight is the Shopko Foundation, which has donated $10,000.



Date Published: 02/10/2014

News tag(s):  researchophthalmology

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