JC Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation Sponsors Third Annual Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser

October 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Spartanburg, S.C.— Make plans to join family, friends, neighbors and businesses for the third annual JC Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation’s Walk-A-Thon on Saturday, October 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the campus of the University of South Carolina Upstate.  Solicitor Trey Gowdy will be the Grand Marshall, Rep. Harold Mitchell, Jr. will announce the lead walkers, and the keynote speaker will be J.W. Smith, president of the Greenville Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Representatives from Disabled American Veterans will also participate in the opening program.

Since one out of three people in the Upstate will be diagnosed with some type of blinding ocular disease, the foundation has adopted the theme, “Walk For Sight, Run For Sight, Cycle For Sight, Screen For Sight,” for this year’s event. Ophthalmic techs from Eastside Eye Center and the Salem Lions Club Eye Van will conduct glaucoma screenings and eye examinations. Blood pressure checks and diabetes screenings will be offered as well by Spartanburg Regional. All health checks and screenings are free.

Walkers and runners should pre-register for $10 between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. at the Hodge Gym for the 5K race. The program will start at 8:30 a.m., runners will leave at 9:15 a.m. and walkers will leave at 9:30 a.m.

 Cyclists will start their race from Lone Oak Elementary School, 7314 Lone Oak Rd., at 9:00 a.m. Onsite registration will be available from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. and is $15 per cyclist. There will be a ten mile and a 60 mile route. Contact Donna Terry at (864) 342-8957 or (864) 809-8550 for further information on the bike ride. T-shirts will be given to the first 200 walkers, runners or cyclists to register.

The H.A.L.T.E.R. organization, or Handicapped Athletes Learning to Enjoy Riding, will have therapeutic riding horses on campus for children to enjoy. They will be located at the Library parking lot.

 “We are so excited to be staging this third annual walk-a-thon,” says Jekeithlyn Stroble Ross, founder of the JC Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation. “Monies raised will be used for dissemination of educational materials in the community, and to help with eye exams and medicine for those diagnosed with blinding diseases. The foundation is building upon the success, momentum and partnerships established since its founding in 2008, and we’re looking forward to hosting the walk-a-thon to focus community attention on glaucoma.”

Jekeithlyn Stroble Ross, a former optician and current nonprofit administration major at USC Upstate, formed a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about glaucoma and other eye diseases. Her father, JC Stroble, is the man who calls the orders out at the Beacon Restaurant in downtown Spartanburg. Legally blind as a result of glaucoma, he has been a fixture of the restaurant for over 50 years.

In addition to the walk-a-thon, the foundation will host a pre-walk for students and their families at The South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind on the school’s newly renovated track from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on October 14. Spectators are welcome.

Those who are unable to walk, run or cycle in the event can sponsor another person or make a tax- deductible contribution. Checks should be made payable to The J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation, P.O. Box 2202, Spartanburg, SC 29304. The foundation is a 501(c)3 non- profit organization.

The focus of the J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation is ultimately to decrease the number of people with undiagnosed glaucoma by promoting early detection, assisting patients in finding proper medical care for glaucoma, educating the public on glaucoma and other ocular conditions, and overcoming existing health disparities in our community.

To sign up, donate or to get more information about the J.C. Stroble Glaucoma Awareness Foundation and the Walk-A-Thon, visit www.jcstroblefoundation.org or email Jekeithlyn Stroble Ross at stroblej@email.uscupstate.edu or call (864) 266-8406.