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EyeCare America's EyeRide for Sight Cyclists Arrive in Washington, D.C.
Date:7/7/2008

ear with free eye health educational materials. Since 1985, EyeCare America has provided over 1 million people with sight-saving services and resources.

In Washington, D.C. alone, EyeCare America has helped approximately 1,000 people. The District is also home to approximately 30 volunteer ophthalmologists who provide medical eye care at no cost to the patient.

The EyeRide for Sight cycling team, led by Tom McClellan of Gloucestershire, South West England, is made up of four cyclists including McClellan, Alex Galvin, Ben Leigh, and Fred Mahon and two support team members Ben Hodge and Oliver Lombard. The team is traveling 3,000 mile across the United States over the course of two months to raise awareness about eye disease and EyeCare Americas services.

"We are excited to work with EyeCare America in order to help raise awareness about eye disease and preventable blindness," said Tom McClellan, lead cyclist for EyeRide for Sight. "We hope that our bike ride across the United States will encourage others to give the gift of sight by telling a friend or loved one about the program or making a donation to save the sight of someone in need."

For more than 20 years, EyeCare America has provided free eye health educational materials and access to medical eye care at no out-of-pocket cost, for those who qualify. For information and to determine eligibility, the public can call 800-222-EYES (3937) tool-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

To support the ride, EyeCare America has launched a new microsite www.eyecareamerica.org/eyeride.cfm where the public can learn about the cyclists through videos, photos and weekly blog updates and follow their path as they journey across the United States using an interactive map.

Visitors to the site can also make a donation to
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