Missy Franklin and Paralympic Swimmer Brad Snyder Team Up with Swim for Sight!
U.S. Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and U.S. Paralympic swimmer Brad Snyder are teaming up to Swim for Sight to help cure blindness.
An estimated 39 million people worldwide suffer from blindness. Of that number, 80 percent of cases are preventable or curable. Sight can be restored to over 50% of that figure with a five minute surgery that has the consummable cost of $25.
“I am so excited to support Swim for Sight,” said four-time Olympic gold medalist Franklin. “Swim for Sight has been absolutely incredible in pledging that for every $25 donation they receive they will give one free sight-restoring surgery to someone in need.” Franklin just qualified for the Olympic Team and will swim in the 200 free and relay in Rio. She also holds several swimming records—the world record in the 200-meter backstroke (long course) and American records for both the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke (long course).
For Synder, the global blindness cause is very personal. While serving in Afghanistan, the United States Navy Veteran lost his eyesight in 2011 after an IED explosion. He went on the join the United States Paralympic team, winning two gold medals and one silver at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. Snyder has more than risen to the challenge of his new visually impaired lifestyle and now is helping others see through Swim for Sight.
“Since losing my eyesight I know what it’s like to be left in darkness, but it brings me great joy to shed light on curable blindness and help others get sight-restoring surgeries,” said Synder. “Swim for Sight is such an important partnership to me. Being blind in a developing country can be a death sentence. For me to be able to bring awareness to the global blindness issue and help others see is amazing.”
You can support Missy and Brad by donating to Swim For Sight at www.swimforsight.us or by texting SWIM 27722 to instantly donate $25 to fund one sight-restoring surgery.
100% of every dollar donated to Swim For Sight will be used to cure blindness.
Swim for Sight is supported the Truhlsen Eye Institute, ASCRS Foundation, Orbis International, Seva Foundation, Sightlife, SEE International, Moran Eye Center, Wills Eye Institute, Gift of Sight and the Himalayan Cataract Project.