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6th Annual Jacksonville VisionWalk a big success, surpasses fundraising goal

6th Annual Jacksonville VisionWalk
6th Annual Jacksonville VisionWalk

Visually impaired people and their friends and families gathered on April 26 for the 6th Annual Jacksonville VisionWalk at the University of North Florida to show their support for blindness research.

Nearly 500 walkers participated in the free, family friendly 5k walk to show their support in the fight to cure blinding retinal degenerative diseases. The 32 VisionWalk teams have raised $106,539.48 so far, with the deadline for donations being June 30. The Jacksonville VisionWalk has raised a cumulative total of over $500,000 since its first Walk in 2009.

VisionWalk is the national signature fundraising event for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, according to the organization's website. Since its inception in 2006, tens of thousands have participated in events across the country to raise more than $30 million for blindness research.

According to their website, the urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. 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.