UK Eye Research Fund
It’s difficult to imagine life without sight. Each year, thousands lose the battle with macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Since our inaugural race in 2003 through 2019, all proceeds from Tri For Sight have gone directly to the UK EYE RESEARCH FUND to support work to help us better understand and treat blinding diseases. Over the years, more than $250,000 have been donated from race proceeds. The triathlon also underscores our commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Recently, the programs funded by Tri For Sight have expanded. Initially funds earned were used to support UK macular degeneration research. Then specialized equipment was purchased to help study and treat genetic eye diseases in children. While this work continues, new research and clinical efforts have been organized under the UK Global Ophthalmology (UK GO) program. UK GO’s goal is to continue critical public health research and ensure all Kentuckians have access to high-quality eye care. We are developing a statewide telemedicine-based screening program for diabetic retinopathy, as well as collaborating with Fayette County public schools and the “All Eyes on Appalachia” program to meet the needs of underserved Kentucky communities. Internationally, UK GO is partnering with academic health institutions in Ecuador and Haiti to help train future ophthalmologist for sustainable impact where the need is great. We are pleased the Susan Bradley Cox Tri For Sight and the Bluegrass Triathlon Club can support these worthy causes.
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