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Alcatraz Swim for Sight

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Guide swimmer Bryn Lewis with blind swimmer Brad Snyder and guide swimmer Jill Dahle after swimming from Alcatraz Island at the 2016 Alcatraz Swim for Sight. Photo by The Factory Agency

Alcatraz Swim for Sight is an open water swim from Alcatraz Island to Crissy Field on East Beach on the San Francisco shoreline founded by Lorie Hirson. The fifth annual Alcatraz Swim for Sight was held on 23 October 2016 limited to 100 participants.

Charity Swim[edit]

The Alcatraz Swim for Sight is a charity swim to benefit That Man May See, the support foundation of the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Ophthalmology. It is a community-based swim for anyone who has been affected by eye disease. Participants have a variety of diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and others who are sightless.

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Impact[edit]

Funds raised through the Alcatraz Swim for Sight are donated to That Man May See, the support foundation for vision science at UC San Francisco, including the Department of Ophthalmology and the Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology.

Contributors to That Man May See help accelerate scientific discoveries to eliminate eye diseases and blindness, attract and retain world-class clinicians and researchers, support the training of future leaders in ophthalmology, and increase public understanding of eye health.

That Man May See also provides seed funds to initiate new research programs with a high potential for success. With demonstrated results, faculty members apply for government grants. Vision science at UCSF ranks among the top six for grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Eye Institute (NEI).

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