U.S. Blind Golf Association national champion playing in NKY to fight blindness | Health
CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY (FOX19) - The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, a nonprofit focused on sight-saving research, and Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired will host the Visions 2012 Charity Golf Classic on Monday, June 4, at Summit Hills Country Club in Crestview Hills, KY.
The event will benefit the Foundation’s cutting-edge research efforts into preventions, treatments and cures for vision-robbing retinal degenerative diseases like macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome, and related conditions. It will also help the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) continue to provide much needed Early Childhood Intervention Services in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
One inspiring golfer who will hit the links to fight blindness is Lexington’s Ty Thompson, a U.S. Blind Golf Association (USBGA) national champion who lost his vision in 2004. With the motto “You don’t have to see it to tee it,” the USBGA encourages participation in golf and puts on tournaments for visually impaired players who are coached through their shots.
Spearheading the event is Chapter Leader Rick Sawyer, of Fort Mitchell, KY, who was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) over 20 years ago, and is legally blind from the disease’s progression. Robin and Mark Chadwick, of Independence, KY, are also motivated in the fight against blindness because their son Zach, age 18, has retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a genetic disease that progressively robs vision. Despite his challenges, Zack thrived in competitive swimming throughout high school and now attends college at NKU. Involved with the Foundation for over a decade, the Chadwick family has chaired multiple Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky 5K VisionWalks and works tirelessly to raise funds for research and awareness in their community.
“It’s devastating to watch my son’s vision slip away,” says Robin Chadwick. “There’s currently no cure for RP, but we’re hopeful because the Foundation Fighting Blindness is driving promising research, and breakthrough gene therapy and stem cell clinical trials are really encouraging. It’s important for us to rally our community behind events like the Golf Classic in support of Zack and the millions of others affected with retinal diseases.”
Summit Hill Country Club is at 236 Dudley Rd. in Crestview Hills, and the event begins at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2012 with a shotgun start. Cost is $125 per player, and sponsorships begin at $250. Contact Rick Sawyer, 859-640-0769, email@example.com or John Mitchell, 513-487-4241, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to participate.
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