ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The 2007 Bausch & Lomb Run for Vision, held during AAO 2007 in New Orleans, attracted a record 253 participants and contributed more than $12,500 in proceeds to the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA).
“We’re thrilled with the record number of runners and walkers who joined us to help fund eye banking research and sight restoration,” said Jennifer Weischedel, race chairwoman and associate cataract product manager at Bausch & Lomb. “Now in its 22nd year, the Bausch & Lomb Run for Vision has established itself as a tradition at the AAO. Thank you to everyone who turned out this year, and start training now for the ’08 Atlanta run!”
The 5K race, which passed throughout the city’s historic French Quarter, drew participants from all corners of ophthalmology. Arriving at the starting line against the banks of the Mississippi river, runners were enveloped by a thick fog, pierced occasionally by the lights of New Orleans Police Department vehicles that escorted the athletes on the course, and the sounds of a classic Big Easy jazz band. After remarks from Patricia Aiken O'Neill, EBAA’s president and CEO, the race was kicked off by Ronald Zarrella, Bausch & Lomb chairman and CEO.
The overall male winners were Tyler Kirk (17:52.8), Max McGowan (18:42.5), and Louis Probst (18:48.6). The overall female winners were Carrie Palmer (19:09.3), Julie Clark (22:31.7), and Heather Hollister (23:41.3). Complete results are available at http://www.restoresight.org/overall.htm and http://www.restoresight.org/agegroups.htm.
The Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) is a not-for-profit organization of eye banks dedicated to the restoration of sight through the promotion and advancement of eye banking. The oldest transplant association in the United States, the EBAA is a nationally recognized accrediting body for eye banks. Since 1961, EBAA member banks have restored sight to nearly one million individuals. For more information, visit www.restoresight.org.
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About Bausch & Lomb
Bausch & Lomb is the eye health company dedicated to perfecting vision and enhancing life for consumers around the world. Its core businesses include soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses and lens care products, and ophthalmic surgical and pharmaceutical products. The Bausch & Lomb name is one of the best known and most respected healthcare brands in the world. Founded in 1853, the company is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y. Bausch & Lomb’s 2006 revenues were more than $2.2 billion; it employs more than 13,000 people worldwide and its products are available in more than 100 countries. More information can be found at www.bausch.com.