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Find out what Mac Marcoux finds 'really inspiring'

Friday, July 04, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

FOUNDATION  FIGHTING BLINDNESS

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Northern Ontario motorcyclists ride to raise funds for blindness research

From Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, motorcyclists from across Northern Ontario will hop on their bikes and head to the Searchmont Resort near Sault Ste. Marie for the annual Ride for Sight – Canada’s largest motorcycle fundraiser in support of vision research.

“Today, I have no central vision, and only 6 percent of my peripheral vision left,” says Sault Ste Marie-based 2014 Paralympics Gold Medalist, Mac Marcoux.

Marcoux who lives with Stargardt disease, a juvenile form of macular degeneration that leads to the loss of central vision.

Over 1 million people in Canada are living with retinal diseases, like retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and that number is growing.

AMD, alone, is the leading cause of blindness in Canadians over the age of 50.

WHAT: Ride for Sight in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness
WHEN: July 11-13, 2014
WHERE: Searchmont Resort (near Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
WHY: To raise money for sight-saving research
ATTRACTIONS: Bike games, show ‘n’ shine, live entertainment, motorcycle parade
REGISTER: www.rideforsight.com

This year’s Ride for Sight will feature the traditional motorcycle parade, live entertainment, bike games, and a show ‘n’ shine, where you can enter, and vote on the best looking bike!

It is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and a place to make new ones.

“The riders at Ride for Sight have been really committed to fighting blindness,” says Marcoux. “I am not able to attend this year's event due to my training schedule, however I’m always excited to see my community come together for a really great cause. It’s really inspiring!”

In total, the Ride for Sight raised over $20 million for sight-saving research since it began.

Ride for Sight took place in six regions across Canada: Lindsay, Ontario (June 6-8); Urbania, Nova Scotia (June 13-15); Elbow, Saskatchewan (June 20-22); Ponoka, Alberta (June 21); Gander, Newfoundland (June 27-29); and will happen in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (July 11-13).

For more information on the events, or to register, visit rideforsight.com or call 1.800.461.3331.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is Canada’s largest charity for sight-saving research and has contributed over $25 million to advance retinal disease research, education and public awareness.

The Foundation is also known by its signature events: Comic Vision, Cycle for Sight, Ride for Sight, and Vision Quest.

Visit ffb.ca or call 1.800.461.3331.

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