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Three years ago, our son, Sam Walker, was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that destroys photoreceptor cells in the retina. (The retina is the layer of tissue at the back of the inner eye that converts light images to nerve signals and sends them to the brain.) As the photoreceptor cells die, blindness or near blindness results. A cure has not been found, and little can be done to slow the progression of the disease.
But there is hope.
Dr. E.M. Stone, MD, director of The University of Iowa’s Wynn Institute of Vision Research, is taking a world-leading role in the eradication of human blindness. Through stem cell research, education and clinical care, Dr. Stone is working toward promising treatments that we believe will lead to a cure for Retinitis Pigmentosa – a cure that will save the gift of sight for Sam and thousands of other folks suffering from inherited eye diseases. As these diseases are rare, they will not attract investment from the private sector or the government. I hope you will join me and many other friends and acquaintances on the golf course this summer for a fundraiser in support of Dr. Stone and his important work. In addition to golf and fellowship, Dr. Stone will share the amazing progress he and his team are making.
-Brian Walker, CEO Herman Miller
The University of Iowa's Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research was created to accelerate the eradication of heritable human blindness, through interdisciplinary research, education and clinical care. Private gifts are the life blood of most academic research centers. These gifts allow scientists to focus on important “big picture” things like treatments for inherited eye diseases. Private gifts also allow new scientists to be recruited and state-of-the-art equipment to be bought at critical junctures in a complex project, which can take years off the time it takes to reach an ambitious goal like a successful new treatment. All gifts made to the Wynn Institute are continuously overseen by people who are active vision scientists and are spent in strict accordance with donors’ wishes.
To learn more, visit wivr.uiowa.edu/support-gift
Monday, August 3, 2015 at Egypt Valley Country Club
An afternoon of golf with Brian Walker and friends to raise money for the Wynn Institute for Vision Research at the University of Iowa. Proceeds from the event will go directly to WIVR to support its very important work. WIVR is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
For information regarding the event, please contact Linda Brown at
(616) 836-8081 or firstname.lastname@example.org
will be following. Dr. Stone and other members of the Wynn Vision Institute will be on hand to share with you the great work they are doing. I am sure you will be motivated and impressed with their energy and commitment to this work.
Driving Range and Registration
Lunch and Registration
Dinner and Auction