Herndon, Virginia (PRWEB) September 02, 2014
Melody Goodspeed lost her sight in 2003 at the age of twenty-six, but thanks to her unyielding optimism and determination, lives a life filled with vision and purpose. As the spearhead of the second annual ZUMBA Dance for Sight, Melody wants to invite everyone to join her on Saturday, September 13, at the Herndon Community Center, Herndon, Virginia, for and a ZUMBA danceathon and silent auction to raise money for the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration, a research institute located at the University of Pittsburgh. Melody is passionate about raising money for the Center’s research in vision restoration. “I have faced many struggles and obstacles but I remain hopeful that one day I and many others will see again.” Melody has never seen her four-year-old son.
For a $15 tax-deductible donation, participants can dance as much or as little as they want to and have a great time. Last year’s event raised almost $10,000 for sight research. With the outpouring of support that Melody has received from the community she believes that this year’s Dance for Sight will raise even more money. The University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center will also match one hundred percent of what she raises!
All of the proceeds for the event will go to the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration, whose primary mission is to promote research and innovation that will allow the vision-impaired to one day regain their sight. This year’s Dance for Sight will focus on raising funds for the work that Dr. Michael Steketee is conducting with optic nerve regeneration, one of the most promising advancements in sight research. Melody says “His research is fascinating, and even more exciting, it is working. The optic nerve is very complex and the discoveries Dr. Steketee and his team at the Fox Center have made are amazing.” Dr. Steketee and his family will be attending this year’s Dance for Sight.
To take part in Dance for Sight, drop by the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Avenue, Herndon, Virginia on Saturday September 13, from 3-5 p.m. and join in on all the fun. Those who cannot attend the event can help by visiting http://www.eyeandear.org and clicking on “Donate Now,” with the designation Dance for Sight Fundraiser.
Melody Goodspeed is an active member of the Sterling Lions Club. For more information about the Lions Club of Sterling Charities, Inc. and this event, see our web site: http://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/sterlingva/, call the Sterling Lions Club at: (703) 723-0077 or by e-mail to sterlinglions(at)verizon(dot)net. The Sterling Lions Club is a member of the Association of Lions Clubs International, and is dedicated to Sight Conservation and Vision Research among other activities.