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Missy Franklin is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and multiple world record-holder in the sport of swimming.
Franklin became a household name during the 2012 Olympic Games in London when she won four gold medals and one bronze medal, becoming one of the most decorated athletes of the Games. She won gold in the 100-meter back, 200-meter back, 4×200-meter free relay and 4×100-meter medley relay, and won bronze in the 4×100-meter free relay. Franklin’s performance in the 200-meter backstroke broke the world record in the event and also marked the first time that an American had won the event in 40 years.
“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.”
For more information, visit Missy’s website.
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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.”
For more information, visit Brad’s website.
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Dr. Michael Feilmeier
Dr. Feilmeier works as a private practice cornea surgeon at Midwest Eye Care in Omaha, NE. He and his wife, Jessica, volunteer their time running the Global Blindness Prevention Division at the Truhlsen Eye Institute at UNMC. The division, an unfunded arm of the University, has provided eye care and sight-restoring surgeries to patients in Nepal, Ethiopia, Peru, Ghana, Somalia, Kenya and Haiti as well as to local members of the Native American Ponca Tribe. Since launching the division in 2011, Dr. Feilmeier and his team have performed over 3,000 sight-restoring surgeries.
“It is an honor to partner with Brad and Missy, two of the most compassionate individuals I’ve encountered, for Swim For Sight. It is exciting to see each of us use our varied talents to accomplish the common goal of curing blindness. Together, with our Swim For Sight partners, we will not only restore sight, we will restore life to patients around the world.”
Learn more at UNMC – Global Blindness Prevention Division