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Eye Institute “Visual Cycles” once again lead largest team at Wisconsin VisionWalk

Eye Institute faculty, staff, family and friends participated in the 11th annual Wisconsin VisionWalk to support Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Many Eye Institute faculty, staff, family and friends gathered at Veterans Parks on Sunday, May 19, despite the unseasonably cold weather, to participate in the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) Wisconsin VisionWalk. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network sponsored the 5K walk, and Deborah Costakos, MD, professor of ophthalmology & visual sciences, and interim-chair of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences acted as the event's medical chair.

The Eye Institute team, collectively calling themselves the “Visual Cycles,” took the prize for largest walk team for the ninth year in a row. Along with hundreds of other attendees, including many impacted by vision loss, they walked to raise over $70,000 for FFB, whose mission is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinal degenerative diseases. Now more than ever, advances in research have the potential to make a great impact. The work by many researchers at the Eye Institute – possible in part because of FFB support - enables early detection, better understanding and more precise classification of retinal diseases. This prepares them for the near-future clinical trials of emerging treatments.